Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
|South Carolina is also host to one of motor sports most prestigious races, The Southern 500. In which town would you find the Nascar track they run this race on?||South Carolina History
Darlington. In 1949, Harold Brasington planned to build Nascar's first super speedway in Darlington, SC. The racetrack had to be built in a egg shape due to a minnow pond owned by Sherman Ramsey. The first race was scheduled for Labor Day 1950 and driver Johnny Mantz won.
|Civil Rights was also a big issue in South Carolina. During the 1960's a group of African Americans staged a sit-in at a white-only diner in Rock Hill. What was the name of this group of college students that were arrested?||South Carolina History
The Friendship Nine. The incident took place at McCrory's Five & Dime in Rock Hill. The Friendship Nine were given the option of paying a fine or serving 30 days in jail, they chose to serve the time on a chain gang. The city of Rock Hill paid tribute to these brave men in 2007 with a historical marker. These are the nine men: W.Thomas Massey, Willie Edward McCleod, James Frank Wells, Clarence Henner Graham, David Williamson, Robert Lewis McCullough, Mack Cartier Workman, John Alexander Gaines, and Thomas Gaither.
James Brown, Vanna White, Joe Frazier, Chubby Checker, Jesse Jackson, and Dizzy Gillespie. James Brown often called "The Godfather of Soul" was born in Barnwell, SC in 1933. Vanna White from television's Wheel of Fortune was born in North Myrtle Beach, SC in 1957. Joe Frazier heavyweight boxer was born in Beaufort, SC in 1944. Singer Chubby Checker was born in Spring Gulley, SC in 1941 and is know for "The Twist". Civil right leader Jesse Jackson was born on 1941 in Greenville, SC. Trumpet player Dizzy Gillespie was born in Cheraw, SC on 1914.
After the forts built at the Battle of Sullivan's Island. In the battle at Sullivan's Island the South Carolinians built a fort out of palmetto wood which helped to defeat the British. When the British fired cannonballs at the fort, the soft palmetto wood just absorbed the cannonballs instead of knocking the fort down.
|South Carolina was one of thirteen original states to ratify the Constitution. Which number was South Carolina?||South Carolina History
8th. Ratification of the Constitution by the State of South Carolina, was on May 23, 1788. South Carolina was the eighth state to do so. Ratification by South Carolina destroyed Virginian hopes for a separate southern states confederacy.
Great Britain. South Carolina declared independence from Great Britain on March 15, 1776. South Carolina joined the US by signing the Declaration of Independence. South Carolina became the first state to ratify the Articles of Confederation on February 5, 1778. Later after the presidential elections in 1860, South Carolina succeeded the Union and became independent.
Province of Carlana. King Charles I first named the colony 'Province of Carlana', which he changed to Carolina later, in order to name it after himself. In 1663, King Charles II gave the land to nobles and they split the land into two parts in 1719. The split formed the basis of today's North Carolina and South Carolina.
|What is the name of the island fortress in Charleston Harbor which was the site of the battle generally regarded as the first in the Civil War?||South Carolina History
Fort Sumter. On April 12, the firing began just outside the harbor. President Jefferson Davis made the decision to start the war. Edmund Ruffin was given the honor firing the first shot. After a 34 hour battle, Anderson's men raised the white flag in defeat and were allowed to leave the fort. The only casualty during the battle was when a gun exploded during the victory celebration killing a young solider.
|William Sherman set fire to many towns in South Carolina in the Civil War, but none was more badly damaged then this town. What town (which later became the capital of South Carolina) did Sherman destroy?||South Carolina History
Columbia. Columbia had been chosen by vote as the new state capital in 1786, due to its central location. In 1865, Sherman marched through the Carolinas, burning Columbia and numerous other towns.