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Joe Frazier wearing a black and white tuxedo.

Joe Frazier

Joe Frazier was a professional boxer from Beaufort, SC who defeated such greats as Muhammad Ali.

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Arthenia J. Bates Millican

Arthenia J. Bates Millican was a poet, short-story writer, essayist, and educator from Sumter, South Carolina.

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Peggie Lois Hartwell

Peggie Lois Hartwell is a fourth-generation quilter and educator.

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Nickolas Ashford

Born in Fairfield, SC, Nickolas Ashford was a singer, songwriter, and producer. Together with his wife, Valerie Simpson, they formed the legendary Motown songwriting-production team, Ashford & Simpson. 

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Orangeburg County

Orangeburg County and its county seat, Orangeburg, were named for William IV (1711-1751), Prince of Orange, the son-in-law of King George II.

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Kershaw County

Kershaw County was named for Joseph Kershaw (1727-1791), an early settler.

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Berkeley County

Berkeley County was named for two of the Lords Proprietors of Carolina, Lord John Berkeley (d. 1678) and Sir William Berkeley (d. 1677).

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Chesterfield County

Chesterfield County was named for the English statesman Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773).

South Carolina Facts

South Carolina Government

Capital of South Carolina: Columbia

Governor: Henry McMaster 

Lieutenant Governor: Pamela Evette

Secretary of State: Mark Hammond

Treasurer: Curtis Loftis

Attorney General: Alan Wilson 

U.S. Representatives: Joe Wilson, Tom Rice, Jim Clyburn, Nancy Mace, Ralph Norman, Jeff Duncan, and William Timmons 

U.S. Senators: Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott 

South Carolina Glossary

Three people put straw on a wagon.

flax

(noun) - a plant grown on farms and plantations that was used for making clothes