Noted South Carolinians

Meet South Carolinians from various backgrounds and time periods.

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Art Architecture Invention | The World of Cecil

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Cecil's frustration with racial barriers in his dream of becoming an architect fueled his innovative spirit. He embarked on a journey of self-learning, eventually designing houses, including one with...
Cecil and Strom | The World of Cecil

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This chapter explores the complex relationship between Cecil Williams and Strom Thurmond, a prominent figure in South Carolina politics with a history of segregationist policies. Cecil Williams, who...
Elloree | The World of Cecil

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This segment focuses on the actions of the state legislature in South Carolina, led by Governor George Bell Timmerman, to pass laws making it illegal to belong to the NAACP. Teachers in Elloree...
The Charleston Hospital Strike | The World of Cecil

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The first segment of The World of Cecil: Part Two focuses on a labor strike in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1969, where hospital workers, predominantly Black women, were fighting for fair pay and...
The Orangeburg Massacre | The World of Cecil

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In the final segment of The World of Cecil: Part One , the documentary recounts events from 1968 when students from South Carolina State University, led by John Stroman, attempted to desegregate the...
Edwards v. South Carolina | The World of Cecil

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Governor Fritz Hollings opposed protests at the State Capitol in South Carolina. The pivotal Edwards vs. South Carolina case arose from a 1961 civil rights demonstration against segregation. James...
The Pink Palace | The World of Cecil

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The sixth segment delves into the historical student protest in Orangeburg, South Carolina, in 1960. The movement, inspired by the Greensboro sit-ins, featured students from Claflin and South Carolina...
Cecil and John F. Kennedy | The World of Cecil

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This chapter focuses on Cecil Williams' fascinating encounter with John F. Kennedy before he became President. When Kennedy was making an announcement at the Roosevelt Hotel, Cecil, a photographer for...