Manuscript Collection

"A Song Full of Hope": Juanita W. Goggins and the Struggle for Equal Representation in South Carolina Politics - Accession 1509 - M735 (792)



Accession 1509 - M735 (792)

Inclusive Dates



Open under the rules and regulations of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections

Collection Size

1 bound volume



Historical Note

Juanita Willmon Goggins (1934-2010) was the first African-American woman elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives and was the state representative for district number 49 of York County for six years. Born in Pendleton, SC, she would also become the first African-American woman to serve on the United States Civil Rights Commission, the first African-American woman to serve as a state delegate to the Democratic National Convention and was responsible for creating Sickle Cell Anemia testing in all of the county health departments in South Carolina.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of Mr. Reese M. Carleton’s Senior Thesis submitted in partial fulfillment for a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of South Carolina. The thesis is a study of Juanita Goggins’ struggle to become the first African American female to serve in the South Carolina House of Representatives. Mrs. Goggins was elected to represent house district 49 in 1974 and served until 1979.


Mr. Reese M. Carleton of Columbia, S.C. gave the Pettus Archives a copy of his 2013 Senior Thesis on June 2, 2015.


Women's History, African American History, Civil Rights, Politics, Biography, Government, Democratic Party, York County SC, Undergraduate Research


For information concerning copyright please contact the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections at Winthrop University.

LC Subject Headings

Goggins, Juanita W., 1934-2010; African American women legislators; African American women--Political activity; South Carolina. General Assembly. House of Representatives--Membership