South Carolina – Notable African Americans – By Last Name
South Carolina SC African-American History SC Notable African Americans

Also see: SC Notable African-Americans – By Historical Period

Notable SC African Americans

The list below features links to information about lives of many of South Carolina's most distinguished African Americans. It focuses on those who made major advancements or who broke major racial barriers. If you know of a website about someone who you think fits one of two these criteria, please use the form below to send it our way!


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  • Kimberly Clarice Aiken - Columbia - Miss America 1994 - founder, president of HERO (Homeless Education and Resource Organization)

  • Marjorie Amos-Frazier - b. 1926, Manning - first woman to be elected to the Charleston County Council - first female SC Public Service Commissioner

  • Webster Anderson - b. 1933, Winnsboro - Sergeant First Class, US Army - Congressional Medal of Honor for service in Vietnam War

  • John Artemus - b. 1885, Edgefield - labor organizer

  • Charles P. Austin, Sr. - Columbia's first African-American Chief of Police

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