A Charleston arts patron and gifted vocalist, Ruby Pendergrass Cornwell used her voice to make a difference in Charleston's cultural arts society. She was known as an inspiring teacher in civil rights and the arts. A native of Forestaw, South Carolina, Mrs. Cornwell taught English for many years after earning a B. A. from Talladega College in Alabama.
A member of the Charleston branch of the NAACP, she became a close associate of U.S. District Judge J. Waties Waring and his wife. Waring presided over several noted civil rights cases ruling for integration and equal rights.
- This indicator was designed to promote inquiry into military and economic policies during World War II, to include the significance of military bases in South Carolina. This indicator was also developed to foster inquiry into postwar economic developments and demographic changes, to include the immigration of Jewish refugees following the Holocaust.