A-Z List of SC People

Clayton "Peg Leg" Bates

Clayton Bates

(1907–1998) Clayton "Peg Leg" Bates was an African-American entertainer from Fountain Inn, South Carolina. Bates lost a leg at the age of 12 in a cotton gin accident. He subsequently taught himself to tap dance with a wooden peg leg.

Brook Benton

Brook Benton

(1931-1988) Born in Lugoff, SC, Brook Benton was a popular soul singer of the 1960s, with his signature song, "Rainy Night in Georgia." He also popularized a traditional blues song titled “The Boll Weevil Song” about the devastation caused by the beetle.

Ben Bernanke

Ben Bernanke

(1953- ) Ben Bernanke grew up in Dillon, SC. Bernanke was the Chairman of the Federal Reserve System from 2006-2014.

Joseph Louis Bernardin

(1928-1996) Born in Columbia, SC, Joseph Louis Bernardin was a Cardinal of the Catholic Church who served as archbishop of Chicago from 1982 until 1996.

Mary McLeod Bethune

Mary McLeod Bethune

(1875-1955) Mary McLeod Bethune was an educator and civil rights leader who was born in Mayesville, SC. She is best known for starting a school for black students in Daytona Beach, Florida that became Bethune-Cookman University and for being an advisor to President Franklin D.

Blue Sky

Blue Sky painting

(1938- ) Blue Sky is a contemporary painter and sculptor known for his large murals and public sculptures who lives in Columbia, SC.

Charles F. Bolden, Jr.

Charles F. Bolden, Jr.

(1946- ) Born in Columbia, SC, Charles F. Bolden, Jr. is the current head of the NASA federal agency. He is a retired US Marine major general and former NASA astronaut.

James Butler Bonham

James Bonham

(1807-1836) Born near Red Bank, James Butler Bonham was a soldier who died at the Battle of the Alamo during the Texas Revolution.

Anne Bonny

(1702–1782) Anne Bonny was a female pirate who lived in Charleston, SC.

Laura Bragg

(1881-1978) Laura Bragg was the first woman director of a major American museum when she became the head of the Charleston Museum in 1920. Throughout her career, Laura Bragg continued to be an important figure in museum administration and curation.