Levi Pearson Home
Levi Pearson initiated the fight for equal education in Clarendon County in 1947 by asking Clarendon School District 26 to provide bus transportation for African American children. When the school district refused, he filed suit. Pearson filed the suit on the behalf of his neighbors because he owned his own land and he anticipated that the ramifications would be less severe against him. White business owners still retailiated by cutting off his credit at local store and refused to lease him the harvesting equipment to harvest his crop that year. Despite this, Pearson served as president of the newly-formed NAACP branch in Clarendon County. He eventually left South Carolina for the North because of white intimidation.