Aiken, South Carolina is often overlooked by the throngs of visitors that flock to the Palmetto State each year. Even some residents don't put Aiken high enough on their bucket list of places to become acquainted with.
Janie L. Mines was the first African-American woman to graduate from the United States Naval Academy. Mines was born in Aiken, South Carolina, in 1958 to Reverend William L. Mines and Daisy Sheppard Mines. She graduated from Aiken High School in 1976, 2nd in her class.
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