Pearl Robinson Brown has joined the Board of Directors of the Lowcountry SC Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Brown served 28 years as treasurer of Williamsburg County before retiring. She was elected in 1982, the first African-American to hold the office of county treasurer in South Carolina since Reconstruction, and the first African-American woman elected to a countywide office in Williamsburg County. Prior to serving as county treasurer, she was employed by the USDA-Agricultural Stabilization Service at the Williamsburg County office.
Brown has been a Red Cross supporter for 15 years. “I am impressed with the way the Red Cross aids families after disasters,” she said. “The Red Cross provides safe shelters for families. And the Red Cross program of providing smoke alarms to homes has proven successful in saving lives.”
Having observed how Red Cross helps people in her community, Brown said, she was pleased to be asked to join the Board of Directors.
A graduate of Leadership South Carolina, she attended Francis Marion University in Florence and studied business administration at Denmark Technical College in Denmark, S.C. She is a former member of Rotary International, and recipient of the IMARA Woman Magazine Trail Blazer award. She continues to serve in many community and statewide organizations, including volunteering with the Williamsburg County Disaster Preparedness Team.
She resides in the Bethesda Community of Williamsburg County and is married to Joseph Brown, Jr. They have one son and three grandchildren.
"I am honored to become a part of The Red Cross, a humanitarian organization, where I can lend my support and volunteer service to the community,” Brown said.
Last year in the Lowcountry, the Red Cross provided food, shelter, comfort, and hope to more than 1,200 people who suffered home fires. They trained more than 9,000 people in lifesaving skills and briefed nearly 17,000 members of the military and their families. Volunteers across South Carolina hosted more than 2,000 blood drives and gave over 105,000 blood and platelet donations. For more information on how you can help the Lowcountry when it is in need, visit RedCross.org/SC.