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Lancaster’s Wall of Fame

101 S. Main St.
Lancaster, SC 29720
Phone:
(803) 286-1145

The Wall honors community natives who have contributed significantly to society. Included among the likenesses of Andrew Jackson, our seventh president, US astronaut, Charles Duke and others is Nina Mae McKinney, actress and Broadway star. Ms. McKinney was the first African-American actress to perform in a sound movie, Hallelujah, directed by the famed King Vidor (MGM Studios) in 1929. She also starred with the great Paul Robeson in the film, Sanders of the River in 1935. In 1938, Nina was inducted into the Black Film Makers Hall of Fame. Her singing, acting and dancing techniques served as a model for such successors as Lena Horne and Dorothy Dandridge. She died at age 54 in New York on May 3, 1967.