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Benjamin Griffith Brawley

Benjamin Griffith Brawley was an author and educator from Columbia, SC. Many of his books were considered standard college texts.

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Anita Pollitzer

Educator, suffragist, reformer

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James C. Self

James C. Self owned several textile mills in Greenwood, SC.

A smiling Irene Trowell-Harris wearing a green air force jumpsuit next to a white plane.

Irene Trowell-Harris

Irene Trowell-Harris was the first African-American female in the history of the National Guard to be promoted to the rank of Major General.

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Greenwood County

Greenwood County takes its name from its county seat, Greenwood. The city of Greenwood was named around 1824 for the plantation of an early resident, John McGehee.

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Bamberg County

Bamberg County and its county seat, Bamberg, were named for local resident William Seaborn Bamberg (1820-1858) and other members of the Bamberg family.

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Abbeville County

Both the county and its county seat, the town of Abbeville, were named for the French town of the same name.

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McCormick County

McCormick County and its county seat, the town of McCormick, were named for inventor Cyrus Hall McCormick (1809-1884).

South Carolina Facts

South Carolina State Color

Indigo Blue was designated as the official Color of the State by Act Number 200 of 2008. The purplish-blue-hued Indigo plant formed a significant part of the South Carolina economy from the late 1740s to the late 1790s. 

South Carolina Glossary

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(noun) - one or more persons to whom a colonial territory is assigned