February Timeline

1834

Henry McNeal Turner is born in Hannah Circuit near Newberry, SC

1870

African American lawyer, Jonathan Jasper Wright is elected to the South Carolina Supreme Court during Reconstruction

1874

Charlotta Amanda Bass, the first African-American woman to run for national office as the Vice Presidential candidate was born in Sumter, SC

1909

Georgetown, SC native William A. Sinclair, who was born enslaved in 1858 and who later earned a theology degree from Howard University, helps create the NAACP

1955

NAACP lawyers file the lawsuit, Flemming vs. SC Electric & Gas in response to Sarah Mae Flemming being expelled from a bus

1960

John McCray wrote to Mayor Lester Bats requesting improved bus facilities after a visit to the Greyhound station on Blanding Street in Columbia, SC

Allen University & Benedict College students begin to hold rallies to protest school & community (de)segregation

1961

The South Carolina Council on Human Relations Student Council hosts its first student workshop at Allen University

Arrest of student demonstrators force the Greyhound bus terminal in Columbia to serve customers equally

1963

Supreme court rules in Edwards v. SC that civil disobedience is declared a legal act performed by citizens of the state to express grievances

1967

Actor, comedian, and author Chris Rock was born in Andrews, SC

1968

Police officers opened fire during a demonstration on South Carolina State University’s campus in Orangeburg, SC. This event known as the Orangeburg Massacre left 28 students injured and 3 dead

1969

Black Students at the University of South Carolina burned a Confederate flag between the Russell House patio and the main library