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SCAPSC_071205_016.JPG: Civil War women memorial
SCAPSC_071205_018.JPG: Civil War women memorial:
In this monument generations unborne shall hear the voice of a grateful people testifying to the sublime devotion of the women of South Carolina in their country's need.
Their unconquerable spirit strengthened the thin lines of gray, their tender care was solace to the stricken.
Reverence for god and unfaltering faith in a righteous cause inspired heroism that survived the immolation of sons and courage that bore the agony of suspense and the shock of disaster.
The tragedy of the Confederacy may be forgotten but the fruits of the noble service
of the daughters of the south are our perpetual heritage.
SCAPSC_071205_038.JPG: Strom Thurmond memorial
SCAPSC_071205_044.JPG: A Century of Service:
Born December 5, 1902 in Edgefield, South Carolina, Strom Thurmond
provided nearly a century of service to the Palmetto State and to
this nation. Highlights of his extraordinary life include:
participation in the D-Day invasion, June 6, 1944 (World War II),
five battle stars and eighteen military awards and decorations,
the only person in American history to be elected to the
United States Senate by write-in vote -- 1954,
the longest serving member and the oldest person ever to
serve in the United States Senate,
Presidential Citizens Medal presented by President Ronald W. Reagan,
Presidential Medal of Freedom presented by President George H.W. Bush,
The Order of Palmetto.
SCAPSC_071205_052.JPG: [Note that the text was changed to indicate his fifth child, born by a black woman. What a friggin' racist hypocrite. Nice to see Bush and Reagan gave him awards.]
Statesman -- Soldier -- Educator:
Teacher and athletic coach,
county Superintendent of Education,
city and county attorney,
South Carolina Senator,
South Carolina Circuit Court Judge,
Governor of South Carolina,
Major General, United States Arm Reserve,
United States Senator,
Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee,
Chairman, Senate Armed Services Committee,
President Pro Tempore, United States Senate.
The father of [four] five children:
Nancy Moore -- J. Strom, Jr. -- Juliana Gertrude -- Paul Reynolds
SCAPSC_071205_062.JPG: The fixed child count. "Five" and "Essie Mae" are additions.
SCAPSC_071205_155.JPG: The bronze stars indicate cannon ball damage from the Civil War
SCAPSC_071205_426.JPG: SC state capitol in Columbia @ Christmas
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Wikipedia Description: South Carolina State House
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The South Carolina State House is the state capitol building of the U.S. state of South Carolina. The building Houses the South Carolina General Assembly, and housing the offices of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina, it is located in the capital city of Columbia near the corner of Gervais and Assembly Streets.
Construction on the building began in 1851, but the original architect was dismissed for fraud and dereliction of duty. The first structure was dismantled due to defective materials. Work on the new structure began in 1855 and was suspended in 1865 as Sherman's Union Army swept through Columbia on 17 February, burning much of the city. The old State House and the interior of the incomplete new State House were burned. The building was not completed until 1907. The current State House weighs more than 70,000 tons and has 130,673 gross square feet. The building is approximately 300 feet long, 100 feet wide and 180 feet tall. Today, the copper-domed granite building wears six bronze stars to mark hits from Sherman's cannons.
The capital has undergone two major renovation projects. The first occurred from 1959 through 1969. The planning phase for the second renovation occurred from 1991 to 1995. The second renovation addressed a number of problem areas that were not addressed during the first renovation and modernized the building. The renovation began in 1995 and lasted until mid 1998. The work balanced the need to meet modern code requirements and improved efficiency against a respect for historic form and appearance. Main enhancements where structural improvements, the sophisticated electrical wiring, alarm systems, or the state-of-the-art earthquake isolators that were installed. The renovation restored the House and Senate chambers, the 19th century treatment of the lobby, the vaulted brickwork in the hallways of the lower floor, the restored marble floors and refurbished interior of the dome. The total cost of the project was approximately $51,530,000. The State House was reopened on August 22, 1998.
The South Carolina State House is in the Greek Revival style, first designed by John R. Niernsee. The buildings main structure was completed in 1875, and renovations were made to the original building in 1907, 1959, and 1998.
The rotunda is decorated with a painted masterpiece, and is really two domes: an inner which is seen by visitors on the inside and the main copper dome from the outside.
The South Carolina State House is also known for its distinctive cooper dome which adorns its roof.
The State House was designated a National Historic Landmark. The South Carolina Department of Archives and History has additional pictures and information about the State House and a copy of the National Register of Historic Places nomination form.
There are many statues and monuments on the State House grounds, such as a Confederate battle flag, which flew over the dome of the State House until July 1, 2000. The flag was moved to the Monument to South Carolina's Confederate Dead on the north side of the State House grounds. The South Carolina State House is the only state capitol in the nation to have a monument dedicated to the contributions and history of African-Americans on its grounds. The grounds is also home to a monument to fallen South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers located on the southwest of the South Portico
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