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“J” is for Jenkins, Daniel Joseph (ca. 1862-1937)

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“J” is for Jenkins, Daniel Joseph (ca. 1862-1937). Businessman, clergyman, community leader. Born in Barnwell District, as a young man he moved to Arkansas but returned to South Carolina in 1881. Eventually he established a successful lumber business in Charleston. In 1892 he became a pastor of the New Tabernacle Fourth Baptist Church. Through his efforts and the support of his church, he founded the Orphan Aid Society and devoted the rest of his life to helping children in need. Jenkins established vocational programs to teach children a trade. In order to help finance the orphanage, he created the Jenkins Orphanage Band that became wildly popular and world famous for its music and showmanship. At the time of Daniel Joseph Jenkins’s death, five thousand children had passed through his orphanage or its farm facilities.

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Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar received his B.A. degree from Davidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.