S.C. Portraits spotlights people who have made an impact on South Carolina history, including Robert Smalls, Mary McLeod Bethune, Modjesha Simkins, Philip Simmons, Charles Bolden, Dori Sanders, and Congressman James Clyburn.

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Robert Smalls | Periscope
Robert Smalls | Periscope

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In 1839, Robert Smalls was born into slavery in Beaufort, South Carolina. As a slave, he worked in the Charleston shipyards. After learning the local harbor and surrounding waters, 23-year-old Robert...
A Daring Escape: The Planter | Periscope
A Daring Escape: The Planter | Periscope

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On the evening of May 12, 1862, the captain and officers of the Planter left the ship to spend the night on the shore. Robert and the rest of the slave crew had to stay on board under captain's orders...
Mary McLeod Bethune, Educator | Periscope
Mary McLeod Bethune, Educator | Periscope

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At a time when there were few educational opportunities for African Americans, Mary McLeod Bethune created schools and a thriving college for them. Mary was born in Mayesville, South Carolina to freed...
Bethune School | Periscope
Bethune School | Periscope

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In 1904, Mary McLeod Bethune began a school for poor African American children in Daytona, Florida. With only $1.50 to start the school, she had to be very creative. The desks were made from packing...
Bethune-Cookman College | Periscope
Bethune-Cookman College | Periscope

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Mary continued to open more schools, created a hospital and promoted voting rights for African Americans. President Franklin D. Roosevelt invited her to become an advisor in 1936. Her job required her...
Philip Simmons, Master Blacksmith | Periscope
Philip Simmons, Master Blacksmith | Periscope

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When Philip Simmons was a child, he liked to draw the wrought iron gates around Charleston, South Carolina. The spirals and loops he saw in the ironwork inspired his artistic abilities. Philip would...
Philip Simmons | Periscope
Philip Simmons | Periscope

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At the age of 12, Philip became an apprentice to a blacksmith. It was a hard job. Apprentices swept floors, shoed horses and worked simple pieces of iron while laboring around a hot forge. Only after...
Philip Simmons | Periscope
Philip Simmons | Periscope

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There are hundreds of Philip Simmons's gates and fences around Charleston. One of his gates hangs in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. He has won national awards and was commissioned to...