The inaugural edition of The State newspaper was published Feb. 18, 1891 – 125 years ago. The Palmetto section Thursday presents edited excerpts from the first editorial published in The State. Included are the values endorsed by N.G. Gonzales, founding editor.
The eminent artist Jasper Johns made his mark as one of his generation’s most influential painters and printmakers. Born in Augusta, Ga. and raised in Allendale, S.C., Johns studied art at the University of South Carolina for three semesters before moving to New York in 1949. There he became known for his encaustic paintings, which used pigmented wax over collages and mixed media. His art recreated familiar objects like flags, numbers, letters and maps of the United States with such aplomb that the Metropolitan Museum of Art ranked him among art greats Pollock, Goya and Picasso.
Fort Jackson was created in 1917 as Camp Jackson as the U.S. entered World War I. The site was announced by Douglas MacArthur, who was then a major but became one of the most famous generals in American history.
After Harvey Gantt’s peaceful integration at Clemson University earlier in the year, University of South Carolina President Thomas Jones Jr. wanted his school’s “I-Day” in fall 1963 to go without the violence and protests seen at other Southern colleges.
Amid the Great Depression and a national labor strike, workers in the small Upstate town of Honea Path descended upon the town’s cloth-making mill in September 1934 to protest low wages and harsh working conditions.
A Ku Klux Klan rally at the S.C. State House in July 2015 was a reminder for many of the continuing effects of the state’s long history of racism and pushback against equal rights for blacks and whites.
On a chilly night in February 1968, S.C. state troopers opened fire on a group of unarmed black college students at S.C. State University, killing three and wounding 27 others in the worst incidence of violence on a college campus in state history.
In 1992, South Carolina reached a milestone in economic development when German luxury automaker BMW announced it would build a $2.2 billion assembly plant on 1,039 acres of farmland along Interstate 85 in Spartanburg.
Columbia native Charles Bolden was appointed chief administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in 2009 by President Barack Obama, becoming the first African-American to permanently head the agency.