April Timeline

1868

South Carolina voters approved constitution, 70,758 to 27,228, and elected state officers, including the first Black cabinet officer, Francis L. Cardozo, secretary of state. New constitution required integrated education and contained a strong bill of rights section: “Distinctions on account of race or color, in any case whatever, shall be prohibited, and all classes of citizens shall enjoy equally all common, public, legal and political privileges.”

1877

Reconstruction came to an end in South Carolina

1911

Senator Isaiah DeQuincey Newman was born in Clyde Township, SC. Newman was the first African American to serve in the South Carolina Senate since Reconstruction

1938

Jasper Cureton, the first African-American appellate judge in South Carolina since reconstruction was born in Walhalla, SC

1963

Brown vs. SC Forestry Commission case opens

1968

Malcolm X gave an address at the Mosque in Columbia, SC

2010

Steve Benjamin wins election with 56% of the vote becoming Columbia’s first African American mayor