South Carolina legislators have recognized the Armenian Genocide on the state level. Gubernatorial proclamations as well as state and local legislation are provided below since 1999.  If you know of other documents to be added to this list – old or new – please send a note to elizabeth@anca.org. We look forward to showcasing them.

South Carolina citizens also played an active role in assisting Armenian Genocide survivors through the Congressionally mandated Near East Foundation, during the years 1915 – 1930.  Learn more about their efforts below, through research prepared by the ANCA Western Region’s “America We Thank You” program.

And finally, review our snapshot of news coverage of the Armenian Genocide in South Carolina press, as we spotlight three articles, prepared as part of the ANCA’s “Genocide Diary” project.  Check back to the Genocide Diary’s South Carolina page for new articles added on a monthly basis.

South Carolina House

1999 Bill Text SC H.B. 3678
THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA BILL TEXT
STATEMENT
Copyright © 1999 by State Net(R), All Rights Reserved.
1999 SC H.B. 3678
SOUTH CAROLINA 113TH SESSION OF THE SC GENERAL ASSEMBLY HOUSE BILL 3678
SC H 3678
1999 Bill Text SC H.B. 3678
VERSION: Adopted
VERSION-DATE: March 17, 1999 SYNOPSIS:

A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

TO RECOGNIZE APRIL 24, 1999, AS “SOUTH CAROLINA DAY OF REMEMBRANCE OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE OF 1915-1923” SO AS TO HONOR THE MEMORY OF THE ONE AND ONE-HALF MILLION PEOPLE OF ARMENIAN ANCESTRY WHO LOST THEIR LIVES DURING THAT TERRIBLE TIME AND TO HONOR THE MEMORY OF THE VICTIMS OF GENOCIDE THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.

TEXT: Whereas, one and one-half million men, women, and children of Armenian descent were the victims of the brutal genocide perpetrated by the Young Turk government of the Ottoman Empire from 1915-1923; and

Whereas, the Armenian genocide and massacres of Armenian people have been recognized as an attempt to eliminate all traces of a thriving and noble civilization over 3,000 years old; and

Whereas, the denial of the Armenian genocide by the present-day Turkish government continues to antagonize the Armenian people concerning their own rightful place in history; and

Whereas, by consistently remembering and openly condemning the atrocities committed against the Armenians, South Carolinians are highly sensitive to the need for constant vigilance to prevent similar atrocities in the future; and

Whereas, recognition of the eighty-fourth anniversary of this genocide is crucial to guarding against the repetition of future genocides and educating people about the atrocities connected to these horrific events; and

Whereas, South Carolina is home to hundreds of Armenian families; and

Whereas, Armenian-Americans living in South Carolina have greatly enriched our State through their leadership in business, agriculture, academia, government, and the arts. Now, therefore,

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:

That the members of the General Assembly recognize April 24, 1999, as “South Carolina Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923” so as to honor the memory of the one and one-half million people of Armenian ancestry who lost their lives during that terrible time and to honor the memory of the victims of genocide throughout the world.

SPONSOR:
Haskins

South Carolina Municipal

Proclamation
STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA – COUNTY OF HORRY – CITY OF MYRTLE BEACH
May 23, 2017

102nd Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide

WHEREAS, The Myrtle Beach community joins human rights advocates and historians from around the world to recognize and mourn the 1.5 million Armenians who perished in the first genocide of the twentieth century, from 1915 to 1923; and

WHEREAS, 2017 marks the 102nd anniversary of the beginning of the Armenian genocide, led by Turkish forces, which included the massacre of Armenians, Greeks and Assyrians due to religious, political and educational beliefs; and

WHEREAS, the genocide started April 24, 1915, when hundreds uf Armenians and others were arrested in Constantinople, and continued for eight years with the horrific annihation of innocent Armenian men, women and children, leaving, fewer than one mill survivors; and

WHEREAS, The Armenian culture is celebrated today as an historic reminder of the remarkable courage, resilience and perseverance of the human spirit, and we acknowledgethe estimated 100 Armenian families in the Myrtle Beach area for their contributions to our community; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED that the Myrtle Beach City Council hereby recognizes the 102nd Anniversary of the Genocide by honoring and remembering those who perished and reaffirms the importance of tolerance, justice and respect, lest hatred again lead to the suffering and destruction of mankind; and

BE IT FURTHER PROCLAIMED that we also recognize the Armenian American families in the Myrtle Beach community for their efforts to advance civil rights as champions of equality.

Signed and sealed this 23rd day of May 2017.

(SIGNED)

John Rhodes, Mayor
Joan Grove, City Clerk (ATTEST)

South Carolina’s Support for Survivors of the Armenian Genocide

South Carolina was a staunch supporter of Near East Relief, the American-led campaign that quickly sparked an international response with its unprecedented humanitarian endeavor, mobilizing all segments of American citizenry including elected officials, celebrities and laypersons alike, to help rescue victims of the Armenian Genocide in Ottoman Turkey from 1915-1930.

South Carolina facilitated its NER efforts from its state office headquarters located at 1325 Maine Street in Columbia.

Governor Thomas G. McLeod issued a Proclamation and declared Tuesday May 1, 1923 “Bundle Day.” Bundle days were organized by NER throughout the country as a means for blankets, warm clothing and shoes to be donated, bundled in bulk and shipped overseas.

Read the complete fact sheet prepared by America We Thank You.

The Armenian Genocide in South Carolina Press