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Steve Benjamin | SC African American History Calendar
Episode 1

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Mayor Steve Benjamin, Columbia’s first African American mayor, was elected in a record-turnout election in 2010. He made it his mission to shape the Capital City into the most talented, educated and...
Ernest "Fritz" Hollings
Episode 101

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The first segment chronicles Ernest F. “Fritz” Hollings’ early life, education, and rise to political power. Hollings graduated from The Citadel in 1942, and served for thirty three months in the U.S...
Ernest "Fritz" Hollings
Episode 102

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A Catholic nun introduced Fritz Hollings to a world he never knew existed: hunger and starvation. Disgusted by the poor living conditions of the destitute, Hollings made an effort to help improve the...
L. Marion Gressette
Episode 101

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L. Marion Gressette was born in Calhoun County in 1902, near St. Matthews. Sen. Gressette fills many roles, such as a Baptist, Mason, member of Phi Kappa Phi fraternity, a fellow in the American...
L. Marion Gressette
Episode 102

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Senators James Waddell and Rembert Dennis, Lieutenant Governor Nancy Stevenson, and Governor Richard Riley speak at the ceremony for the new State Senate office building, named in L. Marion Gressette...
L. Marion Gressette
Episode 103

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In this segment, Jim Welch interviews L. Marion Gressette about his thoughts on the building dedication ceremony, and what Gressette believes were his greatest achievements and disappointments in his...
Bobby Richardson
Episode 101

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Segment one expands on Bobby Richardson’s life and career. Richardson played as second baseman for the New York Yankees for ten and a half years, and holds several World Series records! Richardson...
Bobby Richardson
Episode 102

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During his days playing baseball, Bobby Richardson spent a lot of time away from home. However now that he is head coach of the University of South Carolina’s baseball team, he is able to spend much...
William Jennings Bryan Dorn
Episode 101

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Congressman William Jennings Bryan Dorn returns to his home in Greenwood, South Carolina, to run for governor. While his name is not an everyday, household name, W.J. Bryan Dorn left an indelible mark...
William Jennings Bryan Dorn
Episode 102

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Washington D.C. was never considered home for Congressman W.J. Bryan Dorn. For Dorn, home was always Greenwood, South Carolina. His family lived in the Barratt Home, built in 1855, and bought by Dorn...