Do you know South Carolina’s connection to the famous 1954 Brown v Board Supreme Court case. Or about the struggle for desegregation here in the Lowcountry? While Brown v Board came out of Topeka, Kansas, it was made up of five lawsuits combined into one Supreme Court case. One of the five cases was Briggs v. Elliot (1952), which originated in Clarendon County, South Carolina. After the Brown v Board decision in 1954 to desegregate schools, it took almost a decade before integration took place in South Carolina. Pictured above are Barbra Ford and Oveta Glover, with Barbra’s Father Clarence, walking into their first day of school at the formerly all white James Simons Elementary School in Charleston on September 3rd, 1963. To learn more about the unique struggle for integration in the Lowcountry, click the link in our bio to visit the exhibit “Somebody Had To Do It: First Children in School Desegregation.” Source: James Simons Elementary School, September 3, 1963, Charleston, South Carolina, Courtesy of the Avery Research Center.