Janie Glymph Goree
South Carolina’s first African-American female mayor was Janie Glymph Goree. Born in Newberry County to a family of 11, she worked hard in order to receive an education. She had to attend multiple high schools and despite admission, could not afford to attend South Carolina College. After earning enough money to pay for school, she attended Benedict College and became a teacher. Later Goree received her Masters in Basic Sciences and Mathematics from the University of Colorado. In 1978 she was elected mayor of Carlisle, SC.
Photo courtesy of the South Carolina African American History Calendar