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Matthew Perry
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It is difficult for children in Kershaw County today to even imagine the Jim Crow era, when African-Americans had to use separate bathrooms, couldn’t eat in most restaurants, endured poor facilities and often had a difficult time even voting. That was just a bit more than a generation ago, and one of the towering figures who fought such injustices was Matthew Perry, who died earlier this week at age 89. Perry’s achievements in South Carolina are too lengthy to list here, but as an attorney he was instrumental in countless civil rights cases, and he established himself as a firm yet unstrident attorney, often winning over his legal adversaries with his immense knowledge of the law, his gentlemanly manner and his ability to deal in a reasonable way with everyone.