Former South Carolina Rep. Lucille Whipper, well-known community activist, dies at age 93

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Former South Carolina Rep. Lucille Whipper died on Friday, according to her son, former Rep. Seth Whipper. She was 93.

Whipper, who died at a local hospital, was known as a model for community activism, being the first African American woman to represent Charleston County at the South Carolina Statehouse in 1985, representing District 109.

Whipper was heavily involved in the civil rights movement in Charleston and worked to achieve political achievement and involvement. She was hired in the 1970s to direct the Head Start program at the College of Charleston in developing diversity programs at the institution.

College of Charleston President Andrew Hsu issued the following statement:

Representative Whipper was also instrumental in seeing her alma mater, the Avery Institute, join the College of Charleston. Because of her efforts and her influence, the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture was established at the College in 1985 and officially opened to the public in 1990.

Over the years, Representative Whipper has received numerous accolades, including two honorary doctorates from the College of Charleston – one in 1992 and another in 2008. In 2020, during the College’s 250th anniversary celebration, she received the Founders’ Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the College.

Lucille Simmons Whipper was not only a trailblazer at the College of Charleston, but she was also a history maker for the entire State of South Carolina. Representative Whipper will be greatly missed, but because of her many contributions to the community, her presence will always be felt.

Andrew Hsu

Funeral services have not been announced.

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