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

May, 1825: Parson Weems, the “Great Mythmaker,” dies in Beaufort

Mason Locke Weems was born in Maryland in 1759.  In 1784, he was ordained a minister by the Archbishop of …

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April, 1839: Robert Smalls is Born in Beaufort, South Carolina

On April 5, 1839, Robert Smalls, Civil War hero, businessman, and political figure, was born in Beaufort, South Carolina. He …

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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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