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January 10, 2024

Renowned Naturalist Rudy Mancke and Boxing Legend Smokin’ Joe Frazier Among 2024 South Carolina Hall of Fame Inductees Induction ceremony to take place Jan. 22 in Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.—The South Carolina Hall of Fame Board of Trustees are pleased to announce the 2024 inductees: boxing legend Smokin’ Joe Frazier, naturalist Rudy Mancke and Francis Salvador. Each of the South Carolina natives will be inducted into the South Carolina Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Monday, Jan. 22, 2024, at 10 a.m. at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, 2101 N. Oak St. The event is free and open to the public.

“The 2024 inductees have made valuable contributions that embody the distinctive spirit of South Carolina. The achievements of Joe Frazier, Rudy Mancke and Francis Salvador have each shaped our state’s cultural tapestry, inspiring generations to come,” said Randal Wallace, chairman of the Official South Carolina Hall of Fame. “We’re pleased to induct each of these individuals into the South Carolina Hall of Fame.”

Rudy Mancke: Renowned American naturalist and broadcaster Rudy Mancke (April 17, 1941 – Nov. 7, 2023) was born in Spartanburg, S.C., and is most widely recognized for hosting nature-focused programs such on South Carolina Educational Television “NatureScene,” which was filmed from 1978 to 2002. His contributions to environmental education and conservation of the region’s diverse ecosystems, included founding the South Carolina Association of Naturalists, an organization that continues to thrive, and serving as the Naturalist in Residence at the School of Earth, Ocean and Environment at the University of South Carolina.

Smokin’ Joe Frazier: Born in Beaufort, S.C., Joseph William Frazier (Jan. 12, 1944 - Nov. 7, 2011) was a legendary American professional boxer who rose to prominence in the 1960s and ‘70s and was nicknamed “Smokin’ Joe” for his relentless pressure in the boxing ring. Frazier became the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world in 1970 and is best known for his fierce rivalry with Muhammad Ali, including the iconic “Fight of the Century” against Ali in 1971 and the “The Thrilla in Manila” in 1975. Frazier was inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame in 1974 and the Boxing Hall of Fame in 1980.

Francis Salvador: Born in 1747, Francis Salvador was a notable figure in American history as the first person of Jewish faith to be elected to public office in the American colonies. A resident of South Carolina, Salvador played a crucial role in advocating for American independence and represented Ninety-Six District in the Provincial Congress of South Carolina. Tragically, his life was cut short during the American Revolutionary War when he became the first Jewish person to die in combat for the cause of American independence, losing his life in a skirmish with Loyalist forces in 1776. A plaque was dedicated in Salvador’s memory in 1950 in Charleston’s City Hall Park.

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