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May 4, 2000
Introduced by Reps. Harvin, Stuart, Bales, Seithel, Whipper, Meacham-Richardson, Ott, Knotts and W. McLeod
S. Printed 5/4/00--S.
Read the first time April 25, 2000.
TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 1-1-667 SO AS TO DESIGNATE "THE RICHARDSON WALTZ" AS THE OFFICIAL STATE WALTZ.
Whereas, the Richardson family, descendants of General Richard Richardson (1704-1780) who came from Virginia as a surveyor to settle in South Carolina, is known for its great love of music and dancing; and
Whereas, many balls were held as social entertainment for family and friends from far and wide, and the melody of a favorite waltz for dancing was one which was "originated" by a family member who played "by ear"; and
Whereas, this melody, known as "The Richardson Waltz", still lives today, having been handed down "by ear" from generation to generation but had never been written until 1985, when it was arranged by Mary S. Richardson Briggs; and
Whereas, Mrs. W. M. Richardson of Orangeburg planted the seed for the preservation of "The Richardson Waltz" many years ago, and Mrs. H. B. Richardson of Summerton helped hand it down and preserve it for posterity; and
Whereas, this waltz is a beautiful and soulful melody, is a memento of the musical tradition of the Richardson family, has for many generations played an unofficial but important role in the musical history of South Carolina, and is deserving of designation as the Official State Waltz. Now, therefore,
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Chapter 1, Title 1 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 1-1-667. The 'Richardson Waltz' is designated as the official state waltz."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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