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Charles Hard Townes

Charles Hard Townes was a physicist who won a Nobel Prize in Physics in 1964.

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Robert Brown Elliott

Robert Elliott was an African American U.S. Representative from 1871-1874.

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William Aiken, Jr.

William Aiken, Jr. was the 61st Governor of South Carolina.

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Johnnie McFadden

Dr. Johnnie McFadden is the Benjamin Elijah Mays Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of South Carolina.

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York County

York County and its county seat, the city of York, were named for York County, Pennsylvania.

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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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Newberry County

The origin of the name Newberry is unknown. The county was formed in 1785 as a part of the Ninety Six District.

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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 Music

The Spiritual was designated as the official State Music by Act Number 64 of 1999. A spiritual is a type of religious folksong that is most closely associated with the struggles of slavery and the hope of freedom for the enslaved Africans in the American South. 

South Carolina Glossary

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(noun) - a river that flows into another river or larger body of water