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Larry Doby

Lawrence "Larry" Doby was the first African American to play baseball in the American League and the second African American to manage a major league team.

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Terrance Hayes

Terrance Hayes is a poet and educator from Columbia, SC. His collection, Lighthead, won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2010.

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Paul Benjamin

Born in Pelion, SC, Paul Benjamin was a film, television, and theater actor whose career spanned over five decades. Best known as "M.L.," Benjamin starred in "Do the Right Thing," "Across 110th Street," and "Escape from Alcatraz." 

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Oliver Hart


U.S. Post Office, Florence, South Carolina, in 1938.

Florence County

Florence County took its name from its county seat, the city of Florence.

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Cherokee County

Cherokee County was named after the Cherokee Indians who once made it their home.

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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.

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Horry County

Horry County was named for Revolutionary War hero Peter Horry (1743-1815). The county was originally a part of the Georgetown District, and at one time, it was called Kingston.

South Carolina Facts

South Carolina State Animal

The White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) can be seen bounding through South Carolina's woods year-round. They are plentiful in our state, and in 1972 the legislature named them the official state animal

South Carolina Glossary

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ACE Basin

(noun) - the Ashepoo, Combahee, and Edisto Basin (abbreviated as ACE Basin) is one of the largest undeveloped estuaries along the Atlantic Coast of the United States.