South Carolina Humanities annually presents the Governor’s Awards in the Humanities Luncheon & Award Ceremony to recognize outstanding achievement and contributions to the humanities in South Carolina. 

Past Recipients

Over one hundred individuals and organizations have received awards from 1991 to 2020. 

1991

1992

1993

  • Charles Joyner
  • Lawrence Rowland
  • WRJA – Sumter

1994

1995

  • Jerold J. Savory

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

  • Walter Edgar
  • Dori Sanders
  • William Starr

2001

2003

2004

  • Luther (Fred) Carter
  • Ann Close
  • William Price Fox
  • Eugene (Nick) Ziegler

2005

  • J. Douglas Donehue
  • Virginia Friedman
  • Joseph P. Riley, Jr.

2006

2007 – Learn more about the 2007 recipients

  • Jeffrey R. Willis
  • Senator Ernest F. Hollings

2008 – Learn more about the 2008 recipients

  • Rachel Hodges
  • Wayne Q. Justesen, Jr.
  • William C. Moran

2009 – Learn more about the 2009 recipients

2010 – Learn more about the 2010 recipients

2011 – Learn more about the 2011 recipients

  • Jack Bass
  • Jerome “Jerry” Reel
  • I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium, South Carolina State University

2012 – Learn more about the 2012 honorees

2013 – Learn more about the 2013 honorees

  • Dr. Mary Ann Kohli
  • Ron Rash
  • Dr. Stephen R. Wise

2014 – Learn more about the 2014 honorees

  • Dr. William E. Dufford
  • Dr. Tom Mack
  • Dr. Alexandra Rowe

2015 – Learn more about the 2015 honorees

  • Dr. Charles Israel
  • Dr. Valinda Littlefield
  • Dr. Rudy Mancke

2016 – Learn more about the 2016 honorees

2017 – Learn more about the 2017 honorees

2018 – Learn more about the 2018 honorees

  • Anne Walker Cleveland, Governor’s Award in the Humanities
  • Bobby Donaldson, Governor’s Award in the Humanities
  • Sara June Goldstein, Governor’s Award in the Humanities
  • Cecil Williams, Governor’s Award in the Humanities
  • Adrienne Burris, Fresh Voice in the Humanities Award
  • Anna Catherine “AC” Parham, Fresh Voice in the Humanities Award

2019 – Listen to a short interview about the 2019 ceremony on SC Public Radio.

2020 – Watch the 2020 ceremony on YouTube

  • Billy Keyserling, Governor’s Award in the Humanities
  • Robin Waites, Governor’s Award in the Humanities
  • Barbara Williams Jenkins, Governor’s Award in the Humanities
  • Jon Tuttle, Governor’s Award in the Humanities
  • Caroline DeLongchamps, Fresh Voice in the Humanities Award

2021 – Watch the 2021 ceremony on YouTube or View the Event Program

  • Michael Allen, Governor’s Award in the Humanities
  • Jannie Harriot, Governor’s Award in the Humanities
  • Simon Lewis, Governor’s Award in the Humanities
  • The Rice Museum, Governor’s Award in the Humanities
  • Lydia Brandt, Fresh Voice in the Humanities Award
  • Tamara Herring,  Fresh Voice in the Humanities Award
  • The Rev. Christopher B. Thomas, Fresh Voice in the Humanities Award
  • Kasie Whitener, Fresh Voice in the Humanities Award