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About the University of South Carolina (UofSC)
Founded in 1801, then-South Carolina College flourished pre-Civil War, overcame postwar struggles, was rechartered in 1906 as a university and transformed itself as a national institution in the 20th and 21st centuries.
UofSC Columbia Enrollment (as of Fall 2018):
Sponsored Research Awards:
$279 million in FY 2019
Faculty-led Living Learning Communities
Capstone Scholars (high-achieving students)
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Galen Health Fellows (applied health sciences)
Green Quad (sustainability)
International House at Maxcy College (global interests)
Preston Residential College (leadership)
Rhodos Fellows (information and design)
About Columbia, SC
Columbia’s Main Street was the stage for a number of defining moments during the Civil Rights Movement of 1963. A young domestic worker was ejected from a city bus for trying to exit off the front instead of the back at the corner of Main and Washington; sit-ins occurred regularly at lunch counters like Kress near the corner of Main and Hampton; and marches and protests filled the SC State House grounds at the state’s seat of government, which anchors Main Street.
Capturing and sharing a city’s story not only allows for locals to better understand their community’s historical significance, but gives visitors the opportunity to see below the surface and experience a destination from the inside out.
Columbia SC 63’s Main Street Tour takes visitors on a journey through some of Columbia’s Civil Rights noteworthy and moving stories. Currently, seven markers serve as reminders of pivotal incidents that occurred along Main Street. As Columbia SC 63 continues to uncover more stories, additional markers will be added in an effort to remember, but not repeat.
Learn more about Columbia’s Civil Rights history.