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 »

Ellison’s life as a female professional wrestler was unprecedented. She faced down opponents in the ring and out of it, defying the male-dominated world of wrestling. 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 »

A year after completing his term in the House in 1839, Elmore was elected president of the Bank of the State of South Carolina (BSSC). During his tenure the bank prospered and proved itself to be a vital institution of economic development in the state. 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 »

John England abhorred slavery but stated that his church permitted retention in servitude of descendants of those originally enslaved. He hoped that American slavery would not continue, but he saw no quick end to it. Read the Entry »

One of the enduring myths of American history is the centuries-old assertion that the thirteen original colonies were “English” colonies. Read the Entry »

English was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1997, his first year of eligibility, and served as a member of its board of directors. Read the Entry »