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More than “Moonlight and Magnolias” – Governor Hollings and the Quest for Industry

South Carolina Political Collections Gallery, Hollings Library
Apr 15, 2013 - Aug 2, 2013

"You don't have any skills. You'll give us moonlight and magnolias, barbecue and a drink of bourbon, may pave a road, but I've got to get this operation in the black,"  a northern industry official told South Carolina Governor Fritz Hollings in the early days of Hollings' industrial development program.

This exhibit is the story of how Gov. Hollings and others fought back against this image, bringing industrial jobs in large numbers to the state.  It is told by Fritz Hollings, governor from 1959 to 1963, and Walter Harper, Director of the SC Development Board from 1959 to 1967. 

The quotes in the exhibit are from oral history interviews conducted by Herb Hartsook and others from 1989 to 1997.  Accompanying the quotes are photos and other items from the Hollings Papers at South Carolina Political Collections in the Hollings Special Collections Library.  For more information about this exhibit and SCPC, please see our blog.

The story starts when Hollings was the lieutenant governor from 1955 to 1959.  He often filled in for the Governor George Bell Timmerman on visits from industrial officials and resolved to ramp up the industrial program when he became governor in 1959. The picture above shows Lt. Gov. Hollings, center, on a 1958 legislative visit to the Bowater Pulp Mill, prior to its start-up, in Catawba, S.C., with T.C. Bannister, Jr. and R. Sundberg.