One South Carolina

July 10, 2015

The creed of our great state is Dum Spiro Spero--While I breathe I hope. Today is a day that millions have hoped for and our collective joy is representative of what South Carolinians and all people of good will can accomplish when we come together.

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Confederate Flag: Pride or Prejudice?

June 24, 2015

Seeing people come together from all backgrounds is encouraging. I expect that we will see two flags flying over the State House: South Carolina and the United States of America.

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2015 State of the City Address

  • Watch Mayor Steve Benjamin lay out a bold, new vision for Columbia's promise.   
    Watch here.

First Poet Laureate reads poem

  • The City of Columbia proudly introduced Dr. Ed Madden, Columbia's first poet laureate, at Tuesday's State of the City. Dr. Madden read his poem, "The Story of the City," written for the occasion.
    Read the poem here.

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