Isaiah DeQuincey Newman, a native of Darlington County, was a clergyman and civil rights leader. He was educated in Williamsburg County public schools and studied at Claflin College. He was ordained in the United Methodist Church(UMC) in 1931. In 1943, Newman helped organize the Orangeburg branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). On October 25, 1983, he became the first African American since 1887 to serve in the state senate. Newman served with distinction on several senate committees, until his health forced him to resign; he died in Columbia, South Carolina on October 21, 1985.
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