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Published on November 12th, 2019 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Frank B. Washington Awarded The Order of the Palmetto

By Eugene Washington

Recently, Mr. Frank B. Washington (seen holding the citation) was awarded South Carolina’s highest civilian award, The Order of the Palmetto, by the state’s Governor, Henry McMaster. Many people know Mr. Washington as the 35-year veteran of the South Carolina Department of Education, who championed the cause of quality education for all children. As an NAACP stalwart, Mr. Washington’s work, grit and gall paved the way for the first African Americans to be elected to the South Carolina General Assembly (1970) since Reconstruction. The Frank B. Washington vs. Kirkman Finlay lawsuit laid the groundwork for the election of the first African American Columbia City Councilpersons (1983) since Reconstruction.

Longtime community servant, Eugene Washington, shared his thoughts on Mr. Washington’s recent citation.

“This is a belated and well-deserved salute for a man who dedicated his life to leveling America’s playing field for all of its citizens. It was my honor to have served in his NAACP administration.”

Persons sharing in Mr. Washington’s special moment were, from left to right: Dr. Varsha Kapoor Washington (Frank’s granddaughter in-law), Dr. Kent T. Washington (grandson), Dr. Kent W. Washington (son), Mrs. Peggy McMaster (South Carolina’s First Lady), Governor Henry McMaster, Frank B. Washington, Vivian Washington (Frank’s wife of 69 years), Mrs. Robin Major (daughter), Dr. Thomas Major (son-in-law). Back row, left to right: Evan Major (grandson), Andrew Major (grandson). Not pictured is daughter, Dr. Carla Washington.


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