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February 7, 20122 years ago

African American Civil War Lecture Series

A lecture series to be presented by the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission (SCAAHC) will explore the way African Americans lived during the Civil War and the roles they played in the war.

The African American Civil War Lecture Series, which was made possible by a grant from The Humanities Council of SC will include 16 lectures at four locations by scholars, lay historians, and period re-enactors who will cover such subjects as the Causes of the Civil War, Slavery in South Carolina, The Ordinance of Secession, and Black Confederates.

Other Civil War lectures not funded by the grant will be held at the Old Exchange Building in Charleston on Thursday, February 23, and in Cheraw and Rock Hill on dates to be determined.

“The commission, with the support of the Humanities Council SC, is delighted to facilitate a broader and deeper understanding of the lives of African Americans during this critical period in our history and the actual roles they played in the Civil War,” said Bhakti Larry Hough of Hemingway, SCAAHC chairman. “Clearly, there is a desire among many in the state to get a more complete picture of this conflict, as interest in presenting the lectures are coming from entities not included in the grant. The need to schedule additional lectures is a good problem to have. It is a testament to the fact that people throughout the state are interested in the roles that African Americans played in the Civil War.”

Lecture Schedule

The lecture schedule supported by the Humanities Council SC grant is as follows:

The Penn Center

16 Penn Center Circle W. St. Helena, SC.

Thursday, February 9, 2012 from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm in Darrah Hall.

www.penncenter.com

  • Dr. Eric Emerson, Director of the SC Department of Archives and History:  “The Ordinance of Secession”
  • Dr. Abel Bartley, Professor of the Director of Pan-African Studies at Clemson University:  “The Causes of the War”
  • Nicole Green, Director of the Old Slave Mart Museum in Charleston: “Slavery in South Carolina”
  • Rosalyn Browne, Director of History and Culture at Penn Center:  “The Port Royal Experiment”
 

The Hartsville Memorial Library

147 West College Avenue, Hartsville, SC.

Thursday, May 17, 2012 from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm.

http://www.darlington-lib.org

  • Dr. Bernard Powers, Professor and Associate Chair of History, College of Charleston:  “Black Charlestonians”
  • Attorney Billy Jenkinson, Chair, SC African American Historical Alliance:  “Lieutenant Stephen Swails”
  • Donel Singleton, U.S. National Park Service Ranger:  “Resistance, Runaways and Slave Revolts”
  • Dr. Larry Watson, Associate Professor and Coordinator of History at SC State University:  “Black Confederates”
 

The Spartanburg Regional History Museum

200 E. St. John Street, Spartanburg, SC.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm.

www.spartanburghisory.org

  • Dr. Veronica Gerald, Professor of English, Coastal Carolina University; Gullah Geechee Heritage Commissioner:  “Grapevine: How African Americans Communicated During the Civil War”
  • Dr. Eric Emerson, Director of the SC Department of Archives and History:  “The Ordinance of Secession”
  • Nicole Green, Director of the Old Slave Mart Museum in Charleston:   “Slavery in South Carolina”
  • Dr. Abel Bartley, Professor of the Director of Pan-African Studies at Clemson University:  “The Causes of the War”
 

The South Carolina Department of Archives and History

8301 Parklane Road, Columbia, SC.

Thursday, October 25, 2012 from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm.

http://scdah.sc.gov/

  • Dr. Veronica Gerald, Professor of English, Coastal Carolina University; Gullah Geechee Heritage Commissioner:  “Grapevine: How African Americans Communicated During the Civil War”
  • Ernest Parks, President, Concerned Citizens of Sol Legare: “The Battle of Sol Legare”
  • Dr. Larry Watson, Associate Professor and Coordinator of History at SC State University:  “Black Confederates”
  • Jeannie Cyraique, African American programs coordinator, Georgia Department of Natural Resources:  “The Men at the Meeting with General Sherman”

Additional sponsors have ensured that the grant challenge is met and that additional lectures can be added.  They are the South Carolina African American Historical Alliance; Fort Sumter / Fort Moultrie Trust; and the South Carolina Department of Archives and History.

The mission of the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission is to identify and promote the preservation of historic sites, structures, buildings, and culture of the African American experience in South Carolina and to assist and enhance the efforts of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History. The 15-member commission includes representatives from all regions of the state.

All lectures supported by the Humanities Council grant are free and open to the public.  Anyone needing additional information on the lectures should contact Joseph McGill, the project coordinator and of the SCAAHC commissioner at 843-408-7727.

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January 9, 20122 years ago

Charleston, S.C. Celebrates Black History Month with Special Events, Tours and Festivities

During the month of February, nationally recognized as Black History Month, Charleston, S.C. will honor African-American history and culture. All month long, visitors can immerse themselves in the rich sights, sounds and food of South Carolina’s famed Lowcountry region. They can learn about the area’s Gullah heritage, recognized for preserving the African linguistic and cultural traditions more than any other African-American community in the U.S., or partake in centuries-old practices such as sweetgrass basket-making.

While Charleston’s African-American history can be appreciated year-round in museums and historic walking tours, Black History Month also ushers in special events that travelers of all ages can enjoy. For a complete listing of Charleston attractions, special events, lodging and packages, please visit www.explorecharleston.com.

Charles Pinckney National Historic Site:

This historic site was established to interpret Charles Pinckney's plantation, Snee Farm, his role in the development of the U.S. Constitution, and the transition of the U.S. from a group of colonies to a nation. Interpretive exhibits highlight these areas as well as the influences of African Americans in the development of Snee Farm. A series of free cultural programs will take place every Saturday at 2pm during February and March 2010. These Gullah programs include craft demonstrations, cooking, African drumming and story-telling and other musical performances. For more information, call 843.881.5516 or visit http://www.nps.gov/chpi.

Charleston Museum

On February 18, the museum will host a workshop titled “Sweetgrass Baskets: Hands-On History Workshop.” Visitors will have the chance to admire and purchase artisans’ work as they learn how sweetgrass basket-making was and is still done during the workshop. For additional details, call 843.722.2996

Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture

The Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture is part of the College of Charleston and was established in 1985 to serve as a source for community outreach for African American affairs. The Avery Research Center collects, preserves, and makes public the unique historical and cultural heritage of African Americans in South Carolina and the Lowcountry. Tours are available Monday – Saturday. For general information, call 843.953.7609

Old Slave Mart Museum

First constructed in 1859, the building now serves as a museum for African American history, arts and crafts and is the only known South Carolina building still standing that is a former slave auction gallery. This historical treasure is now a museum that documents the story of the trans-Atlantic slave trade between the 15th and early 19th centuries. The Old Slave Mart Museum is open Monday – Saturday. For more information, 843.958.6467

Tours

A wide array or tours are available throughout Charleston that explore the region’s rich African-American history. Sampling of tours:

  • Gullah Tours – Offers visitors the chance to explore the places, history and stories relevant to the wide-ranging contributions made by Charleston’s African American community. The Gullah language is also introduced and featured during much of the tour. www.Gullahtours.com
  • Sites & Insights Tours – Visitors can explore the Gullah / Geechee culture from an African American perspective stopping at sites such as Emanuel AME Church, Catfish Row, City Market and many others, during the motorized tour departing from the Charleston Visitor Center. www.Sitesandinsightstours.com
  • The mission of the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is to unify and lead the local travel industry in marketing the Charleston area as an individual, meeting, incentive and group destination to both the domestic and international markets. For more information, visit www.explorecharleston.com

    Learn More

    To learn more about Black History Month events in Charleston, please visit Charleston: Where History Lives.

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    December 6, 20112 years ago

    Lowcountry Africana Becomes A National Partner in StoryCorps' National Day of Listening

    StoryCorps and Lowcountry Africana provide Do-It-Yourself tips for family historians to share and record stories on the day after Thanksgiving

    (11/3/2011) – Charleston, SC – On Friday, November 25, 2011, Lowcountry Africana will represent SC, GA and FL in the fourth annual National Day of Listening, a national holiday started by the acclaimed oral history nonprofit organization StoryCorps in 2008. The National Day of Listening is an effort to encourage all Americans to honor a friend, a loved one, or a member of their community by interviewing them about their lives.

    National Day of Listening participants are encouraged to record their National Day of Listening interviews using equipment that is readily available in most homes–from cell phones to tape recorders to computers or even pen and paper. StoryCorps has created a free Do-It-Yourself interview guide with equipment recommendations and interview instructions available online at www.nationaldayoflistening.org.

    Lowcountry Africana will be taking part in the 2011 National Day of Listening by recording interviews with local residents. Lowcountry Africana has also created special National Day of Listening pages at: www.lowcountryafricana.com/national_day_of_listening.asp.

    “The idea of listening during the holiday season has clearly resonated with people across the country,” says StoryCorps founder and MacArthur “Genius” Dave Isay. “The National Day of Listening, which coincides with Black Friday–traditionally the largest shopping day of the year–provides a meaningful alternative to holiday consumerism and proves that simply listening to one another is the least expensive and most meaningful gift we can give.”

    “We are excited to become national partners in the National Day of Listening,” said Toni Carrier, founder of Lowcountry Africana. “We hope Lowcountry family historians will start a new holiday tradition by interviewing a loved one while the family is gathered for the holidays. We look forward to adding the National Day of Listening to our holiday calendar every year.”

    To see how more people across the country are celebrating this year’s National Day of Listening, visit: www.nationaldayoflistening.org.

    About StoryCorps

    Founded in 2003 by MacArthur “genius” Fellow Dave Isay, StoryCorps’ mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of their lives. Each week, millions of Americans listen to StoryCorps’ award-winning broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition. StoryCorps has published two best-selling books: Listening Is an Act of Love in 2007 and Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps in 2010. For more information, or to listen to stories online, visit www.storycorps.org.

    About Lowcountry Africana

    Lowcountry Africana, sponsored by the Magnolia Plantation Foundation of Charleston, SC, is an all-volunteer research project and free website dedicated to African American genealogy and history in SC, GA and FL. For more information, please visit www.lowcountryafricana.com.

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