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Dot Jackson

Dot Jackson is an investigative reporter, columnist, editor, and novelist. She is best known for collecting Appalachian stories and folklore.

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"Shoeless" Joe Jackson

Considered one of the most outstanding hitters in the history of baseball, Joe Jackson's career .356 batting average is the third highest in history, after Ty Cobb and Rogers Hornsby.

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Andrew Jackson

Born in Lancaster County, South Carolina, Andrew Jackson was the President of the United States from 1829 to 1837.

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Jesse Jackson

Born in Greenville, SC, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. is a political activist, Baptist minister, and politician.

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Hal Jackson

Harold Baron Jackson was a disc jockey and radio personality who broke down racial barriers, becoming the first black host on a national broadcast network in the 1950s. 

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John Jakes

John Jakes is a writer best known for his Civil War trilogy, North and South.

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James Jamerson

James Jamerson was a bass player most known for creating the "Motown Sound."

Smiling Sherman James

Sherman James

Hartsville, SC native Dr. Sherman James is an epidemiologist and currently the Susan B. King Professor Emeritus of Public Policy at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy. 

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William Jasper

William Jasper was a noted American soldier in the Revolutionary War.

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Willie Jeffries

Union native Willie Jeffries was the head football coach at South Carolina State University.



Columbia native, Jay Wayne Jenkins, known by his stage name Jeezy, is a rapper.

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Esau Jenkins

Esau Jenkins was a South Carolina African American Human Rights leader, businessman, local preacher, and community organizer.

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Jasper Johns

Jasper Johns grew up in Allendale, SC, and is an influential contemporary artist in the genres of Abstract Expressionism and Pop art.

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Blue Sky

Blue Sky is a contemporary painter and sculptor known for his large murals and public sculptures.

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Varian Johnson

Varian Johnson is a writer and author of Twins and My Life as a Rhombus.

Smiling Dinah Johnson

Dinah Johnson

Dinah Johnson is a Children's book author and educator.

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William H. Johnson

William H. Johnson was an African American painter from Florence who painted distinctive modernist imagery of African American life.

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Mamie "Peanut" Johnson

Born in Ridgeway, SC, Mamie "Peanut" Johnson was the only woman to pitch for Negro Major League.

William Johnson, Jr.

William Johnson, Jr.

William Johnson, Jr. was a U.S. Supreme Court Justice from Charleston who served from 1804 to 1834.

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Olin DeWitt Talmadge Johnston

Olin DeWitt Talmadge Johnston was the 98th governor of South Carolina and represented South Carolina in the U.S. Senate from 1945 to 1965.

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Henrietta Johnston

Working in Charleston, Henrietta Johnston was the first female professional artist in America.

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Etta Jones

Etta Jones was a jazz singer from Aiken, South Carolina.

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Robert Jordan

Robert Jordan was a fantasy author from Charleston, SC. His most famous work was The Wheel of Time series.

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Charles Joyner

Charles Joyner is the author of Shared Traditions: Southern History and Folk Cultures and Burroughs Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Southern History and Culture at Coastal Carolina University

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Ernest Everett Just

Born in Charleston, SC, Dr. Ernest Everett Just was a pioneering African-American biologist and educator who pioneered many areas on the physiology of development.