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Rubin, Hyman S. (1913-2005)

Oral History Interview (pdf, 18 pages)

Hyman S. Rubin was a civil rights activist and South Carolina senator for 18 years.

A Charleston native, Rubin first won a seat on Columbia City Council in 1952, where he helped form two groups in the mid-1960s that worked to end segregation in the city.  He was elected to the S.C. Senate as a Democrat in 1966 and served until 1984.  As member of the Senate Finance Committee — and a University of South Carolina graduate — he pushed for the creation of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and the State Museum.

In this interview, the former Columbia mayor pro tem and state senator, reflects on his thirty-two years of public service and particularly the battle to integrate South Carolina society.  Mrs. Rubin also comments on her recollections of this era.