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Women in South Carolina History

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With the end of Women's History Month approaching, here is a recap of those South Carolina women we have profiled in this space during this past month:

Anne Pamela Cunningham: responsible for saving Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington.

Mary MacLeod Bethune: Educator and Civil Rights leader, founder of Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, FL

Eartha Kitt: Entertainer, perhaps best known for that perennial holiday favorite, "Santa Baby"

Andie MacDowell: actress that is perhaps best known for films such as "Groundhog Day" and Four Weddings and a Funeral."

Vanna White: letter turner and co-host of Wheel of Fortune

Check the list for details on these women from South Carolina.

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Anne Pamela Cunningham's grave
Anne Pamela Cunningham's grave photo by author

Anne Pamela Cunningham's grave

Anne Pamela Cunningham was responsible for saving George Washington's Mount Vernon. Her work is carried on by the Moun Vernon Ladies Association of the Union. She is buried in the graveyard at the First Presbyterian Church in Columbia. Her grave is decorated with ivy from Mount Vernon.

Mary MacLeod Bethune
Mary MacLeod Bethune photo by author

Mary MacLeod Bethune

Mary MacLeod Bethune was an educator and Civil Rights leader. A native of Mayesville, she was the founder of Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Eartha Kitt
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Eartha Kitt

Eartha Kitt was a native of North, S.C. and found her fame in the entertainment world. She is perhaps best known for playing Catwoman on the 1960s TV show, "Batman", and for that perennial holiday favorite, "Santa Baby."

Andie MacDowell
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Andie MacDowell

Andie MacDowell, a native of Gaffney, is an actress that is perhaps best known for "Groundhog Day" and "Four Weddings and a Funeral" . After dropping out of Winthrop University after two semesters, she had been told, she "wouldn't go too far in acting;" She was awarded Winthrop's Gold Medal in 2004.

Vanna White
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Vanna White

Vanna White, a native of North Myrtle Beach, has been turning letters on Wheel of Fortune since 1986. She also is an avid crocheter and has her own line of yarn, "Vanna's Choice."

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