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Girardeau, the first honor graduate of the College of Charleston.

John LaFayette Girardeau

At Columbia, Girardeau represented the most conservative elements in the Southern Presbyterian Church. He bitterly opposed his colleague James Woodrow who was advocating a theistic interpretation of evolution.

by · 02/16/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Features, S.C. Encyclopedia
Review: Station Eleven

Review: Station Eleven

Mandel deftly weaves these complex threads into a chilling tale that is by turns darkly comic, horrifically bleak, and achingly brilliant. A beautifully crafted post-apocalyptic survival story for grownups.

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A look at women’s suffrage in S.C.

A look at women’s suffrage in S.C.

Excerpted with permission from the S.C. Encyclopedia: The enfranchisement of women in South Carolina was first discussed publicly during the Reconstruction period. A women’s rights convention held in Columbia in December 1870 received a warm letter of support from Governor R. K. Scott.

by · 02/09/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Features, S.C. Encyclopedia
Review:  Reunion

Review: Reunion

“Hannah Pittard deftly describes the emotional turmoil and communication struggles between family members forced to interact. “

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Thomas Lynch Sr.

Thomas Lynch Sr.

“While attending Congress in early 1776, Lynch suffered a stroke that left him paralyzed and unable to participate in legislative affairs. In 1776, the South Carolina Provincial Congress elected his son, Thomas Lynch, Jr., as a delegate to the Continental Congress in order to assist his father. “

by · 02/02/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Features, S.C. Encyclopedia
Review: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

Review: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

“Between its lyrical prose and fantastical plot, this magical realist tale is absolutely entrancing. And the overriding theme of the story—“Love makes us such fools”—hits just the right note, both melancholy and hopeful.”

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Poem: Great Blue Heron

Poem: Great Blue Heron

“I see you are back again, my teacher.
Your stillness in silence, today’s lesson,
speaks of finding focus within life’s blur.”

by · 02/02/2015 · 1 comment · Features, Palmetto Poem
Flat Nose, the tree-climbing dog

Flat Nose, the tree-climbing dog

“The Lord has something to do with this dog” was the only way Barney Odom could explain the extraordinary powers of his bulldog Flat Nose, whose ability to climb trees brought international attention to Darlington County in the late 1980s.

by · 01/26/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Features, S.C. Encyclopedia
Review:  Reunion

Review: Reunion

This book was difficult to read at times, if only because the characters were each dealing with issues that made me both anxious and hopeful they could be resolved. It’s extremely well-written and a moving narrative about a modern family.

by · 01/26/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Features, Reviews
Coretta Scott King (center) with strikers, Charleston, South Carolina, 1969, courtesy of the Avery Research Center. Left to right: Julia Davis, Mary Moultrie, Coretta Scott King, Rosetta Simmons, Juanita Abernathy, and Doris Turner. Photo from 1969 via the Avery Research Center at the  
Lowcountry Digital History Initiative.

45 years ago: Charleston hospital workers’ strike

By George Hopkins | In Charleston in 1969, issues of race, class, and gender coalesced in a strike of more than 400 African American hospital workers, mostly female, against the all-white administrations of the Medical College Hospital (MCH) and Charleston County Hospital (CCH). The strike against MCH lasted 100 days during spring and summer; the one at CCH went on for an additional three weeks.

by · 01/21/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Focus, Good news, S.C. Encyclopedia