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Juan Pardo

Juan Pardo was a Spanish explorer who built missions and forts in the Southeast in 1566 and 1567.

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Peggy Parish

Peggy Parish was an author known best for her children's book series Amelia Bedelia.

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Kathleen Parker

Kathleen Parker is a columnist for The Washington Post.

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Mary-Louise Parker

Actress and writer Mary-Louise Parker was born on Fort Jackson in South Carolina. 

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Teyonah Parris

Teyohah Parris is from Hopkins, SC. She is an actress and producer.

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Will Patton

Will Patton is a prolific actor and audiobook narrator.

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Carl Anthony Payne II

Carl Anthony Payne II is an actor best known as "Cole" in Martin and Walter "Cockroach" Bradley in The Cosby Show.

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Daniel Alexander Payne

Daniel Alexander Payne was a bishop, educator, college administrator, and author from Charleston, SC.

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Peg Leg Sam (Arthur Jackson)

U.S. black blues musician

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Phoebe Yates Pember

Confederate hospital matron, author

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Teddy Pendergrass

Teddy Pendergrass was a singer. He initially rose to musical fame as the lead singer of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes. 

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Kitty Black Perkins

Kitty Black Perkins was the Chief Designer of Fashions and Doll Concepts for Barbie.

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Matthew J. Perry, Jr.

Judge Matthew James Perry, Jr. was South Carolina's first Black United States District Court Judge.

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William "The Refrigerator" Perry

William "The Refrigerator" Perry was a former college and professional football player.

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Benjamin Franklin Perry

Benjamin Franklin Perry was the 72nd Governor of South Carolina.

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Julia Peterkin

Julia Peterkin was a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer who wrote about the African American experience in the South.

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James Louis Petigru

James Louis Petigru was a lawyer, politician, and jurist in South Carolina.

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Andrew Pickens

Andrew Pickens was a militia leader in the American Revolutionary War and US Representative from Abbeville County, SC.

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Francis Wilkinson Pickens

Lawyer, state and federal legislator, US ambassador to Russia, and governor of South Carolina. Born in Pickens, SC

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Eliza Lucas Pinckney

Eliza Lucas Pinckney was a daughter of a plantation owner who is best known for her experiments with creating blue dye from indigo plants, which led to indigo becoming one of the colony’s most important cash crops.

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Thomas Pinckney

Thomas Pinckney was an early American statesman, diplomat, and soldier in the American Revolution and the War of 1812.

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Josephine Pinckney

Poet, novelist, civic leader. Pinckney played a key role in the literary revival that swept through the South after World War I

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Charles Pinckney

Charles Pinckney was a lawyer, governor of South Carolina, and signer of the United States Constitution.

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Charles Cotesworth Pinckney

Charles Cotesworth Pinckney was a South Carolina lawyer and signer of the United States Constitution.

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Bill Pinkney

Bill Pinkney was one of the original members of the R&B/Soul group, The Drifters.

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Joe Pinner

Radio and television personality Joe Pinner has been an icon of South Carolina televisions since 1963.

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Joel Roberts Poinsett

Joel Roberts Poinsett was a US Representative, the first US Minister to Mexico, and US Secretary of War under Martin Van Buren.

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Anita Pollitzer

Educator, suffragist, reformer

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Brenda Pressley

Brenda Pressley is an actress from Columbia, SC.

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Elizabeth W. Allston Pringle

Rice planter, author

Melvin Purvis

Melvin Purvis

Melvin Purvis was an FBI agent responsible for ending the criminal careers of Baby Face Nelson, Pretty Boy Floyd, and John Dillinger.

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Robert Purvis

Robert Purvis was an abolitionist from Charleston, SC.