Annie Green Nelson, a Darlington County native, is South Carolina’s first known, published, female African American author. She attended Parrot’s Plantation, a five-month school. She later attended Benedict College and Voorhees College. At 80 years old, Nelson studied drama at the University of South Carolina. Her first published work, “What Do You Think of Mother” appeared in the Palmetto Leader newspaper in 1925. She authored several books, “After the Storm,” “The Dawn Appears,” “Don’t Walk on My Dreams,” “Shadows of the South Land,” “To Paw with Love,” and “Eighty, So What.” She received the Lucy Hampton Bostick Award and the P. Scott Kennedy Award for her work in the African American Theater.
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