SOUTH CAROLINA LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS HALL OF FAME
Created by the SC Legislature in 1974, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame was formally dedicated in 1980. Under the leadership of Marsha Ardila, Administrator, the Hall of Fame is located at 5400 Broad River Road in Columbia. An extensive renovation project was completed and the doors reopened to the public on January 16, 2001. That project included a complete reinterpretation and reinstallation of all museum exhibits.
The Hall of Fame has three different areas of operation:
- The Memorial Room
- The Museum
- The Auditorium
The Hall of Fame Memorial Room
The Hall of Fame Memorial Room currently honors 282 South Carolina law enforcement officers who made the supreme sacrifice for the people of South Carolina by giving their lives in the line of duty. Each Memorial Room inductee is represented by a plaque bearing the officers' name, agency, and the year of death. The earliest is Sheriff Robert Maxwell of old Washington District who was shot and killed on his way to court on November 10, 1797. Inductees represent 43 counties and 108 different agencies.
The Museum features eleven permanent exhibits, each of which tells a part of the story of South Carolina law enforcement, both past and present. The exhibits include over 200 images, 418 artifacts and over 300 agency patches. The oldest artifact: a flintlock pistol, dates from the early 1700's. It is part of the Melvin Purvis Firearms Exhibit and Collection. Law enforcement artifacts from thirteen different countries are also found in the Museum.
The Hall of Fame Auditorium
The Hall of Fame auditorium is available free of charge to any law enforcement agency needing a meeting space. It has seventy-five theatre style seats with a total capacity of eighty-five.
The Hall of Fame is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm and tours for groups are available by contacting Marsha Ardila or Kitty Kelly at 803.896.8199.