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Arthur Freed

Arthur Freed was a lyricist and film producer. He produced and was co-lyricist for the iconic film "Singin' in the Rain."

Arthur Middleton wearing a rusted red robe over a gray outfit with a white collar.

Arthur Middleton

Arthur Middleton was a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

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Ralph Izard

Diplomat, congressman, legislator, U.S. senator

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Matthew J. Perry, Jr.

Judge Matthew James Perry, Jr. was South Carolina's first Black United States District Court Judge.

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Marion County

Marion County and its county seat, the town of Marion, were named for Revolutionary War general Francis Marion (1732-1795), known as the "Swamp Fox."

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Hampton County

Hampton County and its county seat Hampton were named for Confederate general and governor Wade Hampton (1818-1902).

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Lexington County

Lexington County and its county seat, the town of Lexington, were named for the battle of Lexington, Massachusetts, the first battle of the American Revolution.

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Darlington County

The origin of the name of Darlington County is uncertain, but it may have been named for Darlington, England.

South Carolina Facts

South Carolina State Seal

South Carolina State Seal

South Carolina's State Seal was designed by William Henry Drayton and Arthur Middleton in 1776. John Rutledge, the President of the Provincial Congress of South Carolina, used the Seal for the first time on May 22, 1777. The current seal is made up of two elliptical areas linked by branches of the palmetto tree. The left oval is the palmetto tree with a fallen oak at the base. The right oval is the goddess Spes (Hope) walking on the beach at dawn over discarded weapons.

South Carolina Glossary

Map of the world with blue, red, magenta, yellow, teal, and green arrows pointing to different countries

migration

(noun) - the act or process of people moving from one place to another with the intent of staying at the destination permanently or for a relatively long period of time.