Tobias Gadson, Sr., papers
Tobias Gadson was born in Walterboro, South Carolina and grew up in Charleston as the youngest of thirteen children. In 1947, he graduated from Immaculate Conception School and married Zelia Washington. They had two sons, Tobias, Jr. and Arnold. A veteran, Mr. Gadson studied Industrial Arts at Voorhees College. Later, he studied at the Buchanan Barber College in Chicago, and opened his own barber shop on Spring Street, Charleston in 1957. In 1980, he successfully ran for South Carolina State Representative and worked diligently for his district. Gadson was particularly appreciated for his appropriations efforts in much needed drainage work in the Union Heights area. Contains correspondence, event programs, newspaper clippings, and campaign memorabilia from Gadson's career.
- Gadson, Tobias, Sr., 1925-1987 (Person)
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Tobias Gadson, Sr., son of Henry Gadson and Lila Inabinett, was born on September 9, 1925 in Walterboro, South Carolina. He served in the United States Army from 1943-1947, and married Zeila Washington in 1947. He graduated from the Immaculate Conception High School in the same year; Voorhees Junior College in 1948; the Commercial Trade Institute in Chicago in 1950; and Buchanan Barber College in 1951. In 1957, Gadson opened "Tobias Barber and Styling Shop," on Spring Street in Charleston. His two sons, Tobias, Jr. and Arnold, eventually took over the business. Gadson served as president of the State Board of Barber examiners and on the Board of the Franklin C. Fetter Family Health Center. He was a member and trustee of the Ebenezer AME Church in Charleston and was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1980 and 1983, where he served until his death on February 8, 1984. After his death, a boulevard in Charleston was named in his honor.
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The Tobias Gadson, Sr. Papers holds three small series. Biographical materials include clippings with documents regarding his life and death, his barber shop, and other family members; various certifications of appreciation, or completion of schooling; color and black and white photographs of Gadson with other politicians, constituents, and at an awards ceremony. Materials regarding Gadson’s death include correspondence to and from his widow, funeral programs, visitor guest books and other miscellaneous items. Professional materials include clippings, brochures, a bumper sticker, and ribbons. Gadson’s political career and campaign; correspondence noting achievement in the House of Representatives; programs re South Carolina Legislative Black Caucus banquets; and a Gadson, Sr. Boulevard dedication materials include correspondence, programs, clippings, and a speech of Mrs. Gadson’s regrading the dedication of the Boulevard; and color photographs of the dedication and unveiling of the memorial.
Edited and entered into Archives Space by Georgette Mayo, 10 July 2020.
- Tobias Gadson Sr. Papers
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- Edited by Georgette Mayo, July 2020
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