CHARLESTON - Preservation Society of Charleston’s “Civil Rights Historic Marker Poll” will take place online at www.preservationsociety.org/caapa beginning Thursday Feb 23rd, 2012 as a part of the Seven to Save program. Sites on the poll have been chosen by the Preservation Society’s Charleston African American Preservation Alliance. It is important to document and publicize the Civil Rights sites whether they are schools, meeting halls, motels, private homes, etc. It is a task which must be a collaboration of efforts from different organizations and community involvement.
An often overlooked part of the city’s long history is the not-so-distant past surrounding the Civil Rights movement. Civil Rights Era sites in the Lowcountry region are endangered because of a lack of documentation and awareness of their significance. Please join us in protecting the history of Charleston; Vote for sites to receive Historic Markers.
We will begin by awarding five markers as a first step towards commemorating Civil Rights Era sites. This voting process intends to bring exposure to all sites and to inspire continued research and involvement in celebrating the Civil Rights Era in Charleston and the Lowcountry region. Below are the eligible sites of major importance to the Charleston Civil Rights movement:
(1) Morris Street Business District (2) Site of J. Arthur Brown House (3) The Progressive Club of John’s Island (4) Kress Building (5) Site of the Hospital Workers Strike (6) Judge J. Waites Waring House (7) Cigar Factory (8) James Simons Elementary School (9) County Hall (10) Site of the 1963 News and Courier Demonstration (11) Site of C.A. Brown High School (12) Site of the old Charleston County Library
The poll as well as photos, educational websites, videos and documents on the Charleston Movement can be found online at www.preservationsociety.org/caapa. Voting will end on Saturday, March 19th 2012 at 5pm.
This event is a programmatic activity of Preservation Society’s 2011 “Seven to Save” program, which includes the funding of an Oral Histories documentary in conjunction with Tri¬dent Technical College-Palmer Campus, gathering the resources for 5 new historic markers and laying the founda¬tion for a Charleston African American Preservation Alliance.
For More Information
For more information, please contact:
Aurora Harris, Diversity Programs Manager