Modjeska Monteith Simkins (1899-1992) is one of the outstanding civil rights leaders in South Carolina. The oldest of eight children of a bricklayer, she sought education not only for herself, but for others. She taught at Booker T. Washington High School, helped to stamp out tuberculosis in the state among African-Americans, was a successful businesswoman, and has been a community activist in Columbia for more than 60 years. Photo by Ed Tilly, 1986.
Courtesy of "The State" newspaper.