Dr. Emily England Clyburn, wife of Sixth District Congressman James E. Clyburn, was honored Friday morning when the 93-foot pedestrian bridge over Chestnut Street was renamed the Dr. Emily England Clyburn Pedestrian Bridge.
Dr. Clyburn is a former librarian and was recognized for her extraordinary dedication to her profession and alma mater.
The bridge was officially opened in May 2017. Officials say it has the potential to save the lives of S.C. State students, including those living at University Village and Campus Corner apartments.
Dr. Clyburn and her husband are S.C. State alumni and staunch supporters of the university.
Along with her husband, her philanthropic giving has included raising more than $1.7 million since 2005 for the James E. and Emily E. Clyburn Endowment for Archives and History at the university.
Dr. Clyburn, a Moncks Corner native, is the mother of three daughters and grandmother of four. She received her bachelor’s degree from S.C. State nearly 50 years ago and an honorary doctorate of humane letters in 2010.
She is a life member of S.C. State University National Alumni Association and a member of the Greater Columbia Chapter of S.C. State University Association.
She said Friday’s bridge dedication marked the second time a physical structure has been named for her.
“Several years ago, I had a ship named for me,” she said.
Dr. Clyburn said she’s proud to have the bridge named after her, and grateful to those who had a hand in its completion.
“Hopefully it’s going to be useful to students, parents, friends and others in the community,” Dr. Clyburn said.
Sen. John Matthews, D-Bowman, introduced legislation to rename the bridge in Dr. Clyburn’s honor on Feb. 7.