It must be remembered, however, that the full voting strength of white South Carolina was still insufficient to win a fair election. According to an 1875 special state census, South Carolina had 74,193 white men over age twenty-one and 110,735 black men over age twenty-one. Read the Entry »

White “gun clubs” scoured the region around Ellenton from September 16 through September 19, ostensibly searching for the attackers of the elderly woman. Read the Entry »

In South Carolina, Elliott’s education and ability quickly placed him among the most influential African Americans in the state. Read the Entry »

Elliott returned to Beaufort to pursue a career in planting, politics, and literature. He was known as one of the South’s most progressive and scientific planters. Read the Entry »

Just four years after the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, which granted women the right to vote, Ellis was elected superintendent of education of Jasper County, serving from 1924 until 1928. Read the Entry »

The early antebellum decades were auspicious for Ellison, as the expanding “Cotton Kingdom” increased demand for his skills. Read the Entry »

In 1946 George Elmore, an African American who was eligible to vote in general elections, was denied the right to vote in the Democratic Party primary in Richland County in which party nominees for the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and state offices were chosen. Read the Entry »

As early as January 1861 slaves were running away from plantations north of Charleston and along the Savannah River, and the appearance of Federal vessels along the coast encouraged further escapes. Read the Entry »

Emancipation Day celebrations in America can be traced back to January 1, 1808, when the United States officially ended its participation in the international slave trade. Read the Entry »

Despite its black leadership, the Enterprise Railroad created some tension within Charleston’s African American community. Read the Entry »