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Robert Evander McNair

Robert Evander McNair was the 108th governor of South Carolina.

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Drink Small

Known as "The Blues Doctor," Drink Small is a soul blues and electric blues guitarist, pianist, singer, and songwriter.

Black and white photo Wilbur Joseph Cash.

Wilbur Joseph Cash

Wilbur Joseph Case was a writer and journalist known for writing The Mind of the South.

Black and white photograph of Harry Ashmore leaned back in a chair reading the newspaper.

Harry Scott Ashmore

Harry Ashmore was an author, editor, and Pulitzer Prize winner for his editorials in 1957 on the school integration conflict in Little Rock, Arkansas.

A brick building with white sliding at the top of the front entrance.

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."

A white and gray house with an American Flag hanging in front of the front door.

Allendale County

Allendale County and its county seat of Allendale were named for the Allen family, one of whose members, Paul Allen, was the town's first postmaster.

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

Florence County

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

A large stone building with a large dome on top of the building.

Richland County

Richland County was probably named for its "rich land." The county was formed in 1785 as part of the large Camden District.

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

A small wooden house with a man, woman,, and four children standing in front of porch

tenant farmer

(noun) - one who resides on and farms land owned by a landlord