Groundbreakers

Joyce C. Hearn

(1929-2021)  The Honorable Joyce C. Hearn was born in Cedartown, Georgia, to J.C. and Carolyn Carter Camp. She met her husband after enrolling in West Georgia College at age 16. She …

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Mary McLeod Bethune

(1875-1955)  Mary McLeod Bethune is an inspirational woman who led an extraordinary life in service of bettering her community, and society beyond. She was born near Maysville, South Carolina as …

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Marian Wright Edelman

(1939-)  Marian Wright Edelman has advocated for disadvantaged Americans and founded the Children’s Defense Fund during her professional life. This fund has become the strongest voice for children and families …

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Susan Pringle Frost

(1873-1960)  Susan Pringle Frost was born a member of an important family, very distinguished and well known in Charleston. When her family’s business started to fail, she entered the workforce …

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Hellen Morris Lewis

(1852-1933)  Hellen Morris Lewis was an important figurehead for women’s suffrage in the South, especially in her home state of North Carolina. In 1894, she sponsored her state’s first public …

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Keller Barron

(1932-) A strong woman known for her activism in Columbia, Keller Barron focused on many issues: women’s rights, voters’ rights, improving racial relations, and education reform. For her efforts she …

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Alfred Mae Drakeford

Alfred Mae Drakeford has a lifetime of leadership experience. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of South Carolina and was promoted to manager of …

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Michelle Logan-Owens

(1971-) After growing up watching a nursing staff support her grandfather, Michelle Logan-Owens earned a Bachelor’s in Nursing from the University of South Carolina in 1994. She furthered her education …

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