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

March, 1984: South Carolina Loses an Important Educator

On March 10, 1984, Wil Lou Gray passed away in Columbia. She was one hundred years’ old and dedicated her …

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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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