We’ve added another South Carolina paper to our archives! The Herald is published in Rock Hill, South Carolina, and includes news from York, Chester, and Lancaster counties. If you are interested in South Carolina history or have ancestors from Rock Hill, you will love searching through the pages in this archive.

The Herald – Sept. 17, 1985

Rock Hill was named when the Charlotte/Columbia/Augusta Railroad was constructed through the area in 1852. Crews encountered a small, flinty knoll and named the spot Rock Hill. The town was a transfer point for Confederate troops and supplies during the Civil War. Following the war, a local Confederate soldier named James Morrow Ivy returned to Rock Hill and started the town’s first newspaper. He called it the Lantern, and it began publication in 1872. In 1874, the paper’s name was changed to The Herald and would be known as The Evening Herald until 1986, when a Sunday edition was added.

The Friendship Nine – 50 Years Later

Ivy had a flair for businesses and is credited with championing the growth of Rock Hill. Our archives for The Herald date back to 1880, when the town’s population was 809. With the establishment of cotton mills, including the first steam-powered cotton factory in South Carolina, Rock Hill’s population increased three-fold in just ten years. When Ivy died in 1885, all the prominent businesses in town closed shop. Residents draped the buildings along Main Street in mourning fabric as a tribute to Ivy.

The Herald has chronicled important history in the region, including the civil rights movement. In February 1961, nine Black students from the now-closed Friendship College in Rock Hill were jailed following a sit-in at the segregated McCrory’s lunch counter. The men became known as the Friendship Nine, and their case garnered national attention. They were eventually released, and in 2015, a Circuit Court judge vacated their convictions saying, “We cannot rewrite history, but we can right history.”

If you have ancestors from Rock Hill, explore society columns like Local and Personal or In Society to read news about residents. You can also search for your ancestor’s birth announcements, wedding announcements, and obituaries.

Start searching The Herald today on Newspapers.com™.

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9 thoughts on “New South Carolina Paper!


    1. This is not even a complete thought! Maybe you should have read what you wrote to see if it makes sense before sending it out.

  2. Hi Jenny, I like that SC paper. I also want to nudge y’all to get serious about Arizona. You’re missing almost the entire state outside of Tucson, Phoenix, and Flagstaff, for the post-WWII period especially. You’ve got nothing modern, nothing past the 1920s in most cases, or 1975 best case, for major towns and small cities like Yuma, Nogales, Douglas, Prescott, Globe, Bisbee, etc., most of which are county seats.

    1. Your actually right! I think they believe the telly that the majority of AZ is towns so small that you can’t even see your neighbor not knowing the bigger towns you described.

      Google News has a mostly complete run of Prescott by the way.

    2. My real email has made me be shadowbanned from this site for some odd reason even though I never said one thing naughty.
      It’s sad that the internet is in competition for who can have the biggest NO NO word list effectively ending the digital communication age.

      Humanity will have to be reset and start all over from 1,000 years ago and work our way back up.

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