Dr. Hilla Sheriff and infant

Dr. Hilla Sheriff and infant

Dr. Hilla Sheriff, a pioneer and crusader for the public health system in South Carolina, gained national attention during the Progressive Era for her work with the poor, specifically mill workers, African Americans, and poor rural whites.  In a time when South Carolina faced economic hardship, malnutrition consistently remained one of the most common and deadly ailments, especially among women and children.  Dr. Sheriff spent most of her 45 year career advocating for these disenfranchised members of South Carolina, and many of her public works in Spartanburg County served as models for other counties throughout the United States.