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5 Fun Facts About January 14 In South Carolina History

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1. In 1783, the Treaty of Paris was signed, officially ending the American Revolutionary War. South Carolina played a significant role in the war, with several major battles taking place in the state.

2. On January 14, 1844, the infamous slave trader Joseph R. Anderson was born in Sumter, South Carolina. Anderson became one of the largest slave traders in the country and was notorious for his inhumane treatment of enslaved people.

3. In 1861, South Carolina became the first state to secede from the Union, leading to the start of the Civil War. January 14 marks the anniversary of the state's secession.

4. On January 14, 1956, Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. led a "Love and Liberation" rally in Columbia, South Carolina. This was one of King's earliest public appearances in the state and helped to solidify his role as a prominent civil rights leader.

5. In 1963, South Carolina Governor Donald Russell called out the National Guard to prevent African American students from entering Clemson University. This incident became known as the Clemson Six and was a significant moment in the state's civil rights history.
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