May 11, 1994

Ernest A. Finney is appointed the Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court. Read More


After a lengthy protest campaign, the South Carolina State Legislature decreed that the Confederate Battle Flag atop the State House would be moved to a ceremonial plot on the capitol grounds. The NAACP declared that its statewide tourism boycott would continue until it is permanently removed. Read More

April 3, 2002

Tameika Isaac Devine is elected as the first African American woman to serve on the Columbia City Council and the council’s first African American member elected at-large. Read More

April 20, 2010

Steve Benjamin, a graduate of USC Law School and former director of the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services, wins a run-off election to become Columbia’s first African American mayor. Running on the campaign theme “One Columbia: Unity, Hope, and Promise.”… Read More

July 15, 2015

Following the murder of nine worshipers at the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, Governor Nikki Haley signed a bill to authorize the removal of the Confederate Flag from the grounds of the South Carolina State House. Read More