Welcome to the Carolina Garrison website!


The Carolina Garrison is the North Carolina/South Carolina chapter of the 501st Legion, an all-volunteer international Star Wars costuming organization with more than 6,000 active members representing more than 47 nations. The 501st Legion's aims are to celebrate the Star Wars saga through costuming, to promote the quality and improvement of costumes and props, and most importantly to contribute to the local community through charity and volunteer work.


The 501st Legion legacy started in the Carolinas back in 1997 with Albin Johnson and Tom Crews in Columbia, SC....Now, the 501st Legion is a world-wide organization, well known for charity work, and the preferred costuming group for LucasFilm Limited/Disney when it comes to high profile Star Wars events and TV spots.


Even though the 501st Legion is world-wide and has had over 10 thousand members over the years, there are still some of the very first Legion members still active in the Carolina Garrison. The roots of the 501st are heavily planted here in the Carolinas.



Join the First Through the Door, be a part of the Legacy....



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June 6 – Star Wars Camp I Children’s Museum

While there was only 3 of us (and one was some Rebel Scum… Sorry Brad!), a great time was had at the Charleston Children’s Museum

June 17, 2014 Mission Reports
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Hemby Children’s Hospital Visit (Charlotte, NC)

    On Saturday, May 17th, members of the 501st Legion’s Carolina Garrison and the Rebel Legion’s Freedom Base paid a visit to the kids

May 17, 2014 Mission Reports
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XCON VII (Myrtle Beach, SC)

Well…another XCON has come and gone. This year was an absolute blast for me! Beside the fact that I always have a blast doing the

May 16, 2014 Mission Reports
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Carolina Kidney Walk (Charlotte, NC)

(NC) May 10 – Carolina Kidney Walk, Charlotte This past Saturday, May 10th, the Carolina Kidney Walk was held in Charlotte, NC @ Freedom Park. 

May 10, 2014 Mission Reports
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Cub Scout Pack 51 Blue & Gold (Charlotte, NC)

  We had a great time helping out the Cub Scouts with their Blue & Gold and Arrow of Light Celebration this past Friday. Many

March 28, 2014 Mission Reports
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St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Charlotte, NC)

Top of the Morning to ya Imperials! The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Charlotte NC was an epic triumph for the Empire!!!! The Emperor is

March 15, 2014 Mission Reports
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W-S Hockey Game Benifit for Special Olympics (Winston-Salem, NC)

Lord Vader and a small detachment of Imperial’s, with some help from the Mandalorian Mercs Talon Clan, were called upon to serve the Emperor at

March 15, 2014 Mission Reports
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6th Annual Capt’s Comics & Toy Expo (Charleston, SC)

This was the 2nd time that the Garrison appeared at this Expo. We appeared on behalf of my favorite Charleston Comic Book shop, Captain’s Comics

March 08, 2014 Mission Reports
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The 501st Legion is a worldwide Star Wars costuming organization comprised of and operated by Star Wars fans. While it is not sponsored by Lucasfilm LLC., it is Lucasfilm's preferred Imperial costuming group. Star Wars, its characters, costumes, and all associated items are the intellectual property of Lucasfilm. ©2014 Lucasfilm LLC. & ™ All rights reserved. Used under authorization.
The Carolina Garrison is the only official chapter of the 501st Legion in North and South Carolina. Any use of the name or logo(s) of the 501st Legion and/or Carolina Garrison by other groups is unofficial and not approved by the Garrison or Legion unless otherwise stated.