By Kelly Payne, Social Studies Teacher
South Carolina State Archives spoke to Kelly Payne’s Current Issues class on Monday, November 8th. In 1951, South Carolina passed its first general sales tax in order to fund a statewide program of school construction. Briggs v. Elliott, a landmark civil rights lawsuit filed in Clarendon County, challenged the state’s constitutional separate but equal education provision. An equalization program was instituted to construct new African-American public schools across South Carolina to circumvent a potential desegregation ruling from the Brown v. Board of Education case decided in the Supreme Court.