Fannie Phelps Adams held fast to her roots in Wheeler Hill and taught students at nearby Booker T. Washington High School to blossom.
Clarissa Minnie Thompson’s seminal work, Treading the Winepress; or, A Mountain of Misfortune, would have been among the first novels published by an African American woman in the United States.
“Miz Clara Baker” operated a small grocery in the predominantly Black Ward One neighborhood for more than 40 years.
A lifelong advocate for education reforms, Bumgardner worked for Community Care, Inc, from 1975-1979.
In 1944, Bolden established the city’s first library in a black elementary school. Over her 38-year career, she brought books into segregated classrooms across the city.
Lucy Hampton Bostick was instrumental in establishing and growing the infrastructure of the Richland County Public Library as Chief Librarian for almost forty years.
In 2001, Boyd became the executive director of SC Campaign to End Teen Pregnancy. Over the next five years, she guided new and innovative public health initiatives.
After graduation, Burnette took a job as a correctional officer at Harbison, the state’s only women’s prison, and her experiences in that role solidified her career trajectory.
From a lawsuit to work at the State House to establishing a hotline for female students, Eslinger's work for women's rights opened new opportunities for women in Columbia and across...
Matilda Arabella Evans was the first licensed woman physician in South Carolina and provided access to free health care for several generations of African Americans in the early twentieth century.
Lilly Filler organized the South Carolina Holocaust Memorial, established the Columbia Holocaust Education Commission, and is the Chair of the South Carolina Council on the Holocaust.
In 2011, Finney won the National Book Award for Poetry for Head Off & Split. She has a unique ability to translate Southern black experiences into jarring and beautiful language.
Flemming took brave action almost a year before Rosa Parks would become famous for refusing to give up her bus seat.
It is our responsibility to deal with the AIDS issue in a straightforward manner. -Bambi W. Gaddist, “DiAna’s Hair Ego,” 1989
Harriet Hancock is a pioneer LGBTQ activist in South Carolina. In her distinguished career as an attorney, she prioritized legal work for LGBTQ rights.
Sarah Elizabeth Leverette was the first woman faculty member at the University of South Carolina Law School and led the Law Library for twenty five years.
In 1994, McDuffie ran for first city and then county council, successfully winning a seat in the latter body.
In 1978, Primus won a key victory for the ACLU, marking the end of a three-year battle to ensure that the organization could continue its legal advocacy.
In 1920, Reamer was elected chair of the newly formed League of Women Voters of Columbia and Richland County. During her tenure, the League promoted a platform that granted equal...
Frances, Charlotte, and Katherine Rollin were among the first women suffragists in South Carolina during the Reconstruction era.
Celia Dial Saxon was one of the first African American students to attend the University of South Carolina during the Reconstruction era.
Over the course of 45 years, Dr. Hilla Sheriff became an internationally recognized leader in the fields of maternal and child healthcare.
Modjeska Monteith Simkins was one of the nation’s leading civil rights activists of the twentieth century. Her activism extended to health care, social justice and human rights.
Dawn Staley is the Head Coach for the University of South Carolina’s Women’s Basketball team and is one of the nation’s leading coaches in college athletics.
Anna Heyward Taylor was one of South Carolina’s most celebrated visual artists. Her artwork was one of the first gallery collections exhibited at the Columbia Museum of Art.
Jean Toal is the first woman elected to be an Associate Justice on the South Carolina Supreme Court and is the first woman to serve as the court’s Chief Justice.
After a summer of threats and at least one bombing attempt, Treadwell and two other courageous students broke the state university’s color line on September 11, 1963.
In 1948, Wilson joined African Americans across the state as they voted for the first time in the Democratic Primary. She voted in every election during the next 70 years.
Alice Norwood Spearman was almost unquestionably the most influential white woman in South Carolina’s civil rights movement.