After relocating to Charleston, Lee began to practice law and went on to become one of the state’s most successful black lawyers. Read the Entry »

Promoted to brigadier general, Lee was sent west to command artillery as the Confederacy attempted to stop the Federals from seizing control of the Mississippi River. Read the Entry »

Barred by his race from receiving advanced medical training in South Carolina, Leevy was admitted to the University of Michigan Medical School. Read the Entry »

As a strong proponent of minority education in a state that underfunded segregated black schools, Leevy pushed for the creation of Waverly Elementary School, Leevy Graded School (now Carver Elementary), and Booker T. Washington High School in Columbia. Read the Entry »

The University of South Carolina dominated legal education in the state. In 1886 its graduates were granted admission to the bar without taking an examination, a practice known as the “diploma privilege.” Read the Entry »

As literary critics, Charleston conservatives such as Legaré were slower in accepting romantic theory and practice than were those in New York and Boston. Read the Entry »

Legaré focused considerable time and energy on mechanical invention, including the development of a new type of encaustic tile, an inexpensive glazier’s putty, and a material he called “lignine” or “plastic cotton” from which he fashioned shingles and furniture. Read the Entry »

Leigh gave earnest and unquestioned support to the British government’s colonial policies. Read the Entry »

LeJau worked for the more humane treatment of slaves. He denounced the law that permitted the physical mutilation of runaway slaves and carried on a veritable crusade again brutality, immorality, and profaneness. Read the Entry »

Throughout most of the twentieth century, homosexuality remained a punishable felony in the state. Read the Entry »