Updates on the events, exhibits, archives and staff of the South Carolina Historical Society.

February, 1882: The Eight Box Voting Law Severely Restricts African American Suffrage

In 1870, Congress ratified the Fifteenth Amendment, which prohibited the denial of the right to vote based on “race, color, …

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January, 1837: James Lide Coker is Born Near Society Hill

James Lide Coker was born to Caleb Coker, a planter and merchant, and his wife Hannah Lide, in 1837. After …

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December, 1812: Theodosia Burr Alston is Lost at Sea

If you’ve seen the musical “Hamilton,” you have heard the lovely ballad titled “Dear Theodosia” that Aaron Burr sings to …

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October, 1959: October Saw the Last “Big Thursday” Football Game in 1959

On October 22, 1959, the last “Big Thursday” football contest between Clemson and South Carolina was played. The tradition began in 1896.  That …

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