August Timeline


Robert Purvis, the “President of the Underground Railroad” was born in Charleston, SC


Archibald Grimke, one of the first African-Americans to attend Harvard Law School was born near Charleston, SC


Edwin DuBose Heyward, author of Porgy was born in Charleston, SC


Benjamin Elijah Mays, educator, social activist, mentor to Dr. King, and the president of Morehouse College was born in Epworth, SC


South Carolina’s first African American federal judge, Judge Matthew J. Perry was born in Columbia, SC


One of the first African American models in the United States, Ophelia DeVore-Mitchell was born in Edgefield, SC


Althea Gibson, first black Wimbledon champion was born in Clarendon County, SC


Maxine Brown, R&B and soul singer was born in Kingstree, SC


Jonathan Green one of the most important painters of the southern experience was born in Gardens Corner, SC


The “Committee of 85” in Columbia votes to urge the city council to adopt a non-discriminatory hiring policy

Leading Columbia merchants announce removal of segregation signs from fountains, restrooms, and dressing rooms

A bomb explodes near University of South Carolina student, Henri Monteith’s home

Sumter NAACP chairman James T. McCain serves as a key organizer for the March on Washington


Tony Award winner and Academy Award nominated actress Viola Davis was born in St. Matthews, SC