Welcome to the Carolina Garrison!


The Carolina Garrison is the North Carolina/South Carolina chapter of the 501st Legion. Formed by South Carolina residents, Albin Johnson and Tom Crews in August 1997, the 501st Legion has grown to become an all-volunteer / fan-based, international Star Wars costuming organization with more than 9,500 active members representing 6 continents and more than 47 nations. The 501st Legion also contains over 15,500 approved costumes worldwide through its members. Well known for its charity work, the 501st Legion has become the preferred costuming group for Lucasfilm Ltd. / Disney when it comes to high profile Star Wars events.


The 501st Legion strives to celebrate the Star Wars saga through highly-detailed costumes and props, in particular those of the Galactic Empire and other various “bad guy” characters. No matter if you are a current member or interested in joining our ranks, there are many characters to choose from in this vast galaxy created by George Lucas. Characters from the Prequel Trilogy, Original Trilogy, The Clone Wars animated series, Star Wars: Rebels and the new film sagas, beginning with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The options are almost boundless. There is definitely no shortage to the "bad guy characters" you could portray.


If you live in the North & South Carolina borders and are interested in joining the 501st Legion, please sign up on our Carolina Garrison forums today to find out how to take part in the Star Wars universe.



"You've taken your first steps into a larger world" - (Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope)


Sept 20 Rebel Base 20th Anniversary Charlotte, NC

Lord Vader wanted to know why this Rebel Base was still standing after 20 years…. I reported back to the Dark Lord that it has

September 20, 2014 Mission Reports

Sept. 14 – Florence Comic Con 2014

The 2nd Annual Florence Comic Con has come and gone. This year it grew in size from a small art gallery and took place at

September 14, 2014 Mission Reports

Aug. 30 – Librari-Con (Fayetteville)

Troopers from the 501st Legion and the Rebel Legion attended the eighth year of the Cumberland County Librari-Con in Fayetteville, NC. The troopers also presented

August 30, 2014 Mission Reports

Aug 30-31 Cosplay America Con (Raleigh)

Troopers from the Carolina Garrison met at the 2014 Cosplay America convention in Raleigh NC. We were invited to do two panels about the 501st,

August 30, 2014 Mission Reports

Aug 9 -“Page to Screen” Barnes & Noble (Cary)

Barnes and Noble get pop culture event in Cary NC felt the force once again, despite the rain. As Vader made his way threw the

August 09, 2014 Mission Reports

Aug 9, 2014 Owensby Wedding Reception

Lord Vader and his personal escort attended the Owensby wedding reception in Greensboro, NC 2014. Troopers in attendance: Austin T, Stormtrooper Jerry S, Darth Vader

August 09, 2014 Mission Reports

Aug 9th – Bands, Brews & Books Charlotte

We had a good evening hanging out with locals in the Charlotte area, taking pics and chatting with folks, all while helping to raise money

August 09, 2014 Mission Reports

Leicester Library SW Reading – Asheville Area

Awesome event at a local small town public library! Ton of kids showed up and completely surprised myself and Renee! Arts and crafts tables were

August 07, 2014 Mission Reports

Aug 1 – Charleston Children’s Museum

This was my 4th trip to the Children’s Museum for Star Wars. I picked up Taylor Seay on the way there, but his flight suit

August 01, 2014 Mission Reports

(NC) June 29 – Victory Junction Camp, Randleman

On Sunday, June 29th 2014, members of the 501st Legion’s Carolina Garrison and the Rebel Legion’s Blue Ridge Base arrived at Victory Junction Camp in

July 29, 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. ©2017 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.