History

RECONSTRUCTION 360 | The Importance Of Land To Freedpeople

April 3, 2019 - Posted in History by Betsy Newman
White landowner on horse

After the war, the South, and the nation, faced the question of how to make the transition from slave to free labor. Most former slave owners insisted that they should get their land back and maintain control over their workers, even if they had to use force. Freedpeople...

RECONSTRUCTION 360 | The Impact of Reconstruction on Children’s Lives

April 2, 2019 - Posted in History by Betsy Newman
African American family - Reconstruction era

Enslaved people did not have full rights to their children, or control over their lives. When freedom came, parents could take an active role in the upbringing of their children, leading to stronger parental bonds and more stable families. Reconstruction 360 is a digital...

RECONSTRUCTION 360 | Forty Acres and a Mule

April 1, 2019 - Posted in History by Betsy Newman
Kate Masur

Historian Kate Masur explains the origins of 40 Acres and a Mule, a famous phrase that many have heard but may not fully understand. It originated in the early days of Reconstruction, when General Sherman issued Field Order 15, giving thousands of freed people abandoned...

RECONSTRUCTION 360 | Descendants Face Loss of Historic Land to Development

March 29, 2019 - Posted in History by Betsy Newman
Freewood Farms

Reconstruction 360 is built on a 360 degree video platform that features a reenactment set on a farm in 1865. The reenactment was shot at Freewoods Farm, a living farm museum in the Freewoods community near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Today, the descendants of the...

SC African American History Calendar - April Honorees: Ethel and Maxie Gordon

March 26, 2019 - Posted in History by Andrew Davis
SC African American History Calendar for April - Ethel and Maxie Gordon

For more than 40 years, Drs. Maxie S. and Ethel M. Gordon championed desegregation. The Gordons contributed across a multitude of platforms: First Calvary Baptist Church, Benedict College, Morris College, the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., the NAACP, the S.C. Human...

SC African American History Calendar - March Honoree: Lottie Gibson

February 22, 2019 - Posted in History by Andrew Davis
Images from SC African American History Calendar and video of Lottie Gibson

For more than 60 years, Lottie Gibson was a one-woman crusader for Greenville’s poor and disenfranchised. Gibson was an outspoken social activist, widely known and respected for her work with families who were homeless and bereaved. She cut through the red tape to provide...

SC African American History Calendar - Videos and Blog

February 1, 2019 - Posted in History by Andrew Davis
Johnathan Green’s “Breath of Freedom” on the cover of the South Carolina African American History Calendar

The South Carolina Department of Education has ushered in the New Year with the unveiling of their 2019 South Carolina African American History Calendar !

SC African American History Calendar - February Honoree: David "Dave the Potter" Drake

February 1, 2019 - Posted in History by Andrew Davis
Image of David "Dave the Potter" Drake  - February Honoree SC African American History Calendar

David Drake, also known as “Dave the Potter” and “Dave the Slave,” (c.1801-c.1870) was an American potter who lived in Edgefield, S.C. Dave produced alkaline-glazed stoneware jugs between the 1820s and 1860s. As an enslaved African, he often signed his works “Dave,” and is...

S.C. Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum | Let’s Go!

February 1, 2019 - Posted in History by Tabitha Safdi
S.C. Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum

Founded in 1896, the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum is the third oldest museum in the state. The museum focuses on South Carolina’s military history from the Revolutionary War to the present. “History is about people,” says Joe Long, Curator of...

H. L. Hunley | Let’s Go!

February 1, 2019 - Posted in History by Tabitha Safdi
H. L. Hunley

The Civil War-era was one of industrious innovation and sweeping economic and cultural change. On February 17th, 1864, the H. L. Hunley became the first successful combat submarine in world history with the sinking of the USS Housatonic. After completing her mission, she...

Woodrow Wilson Family Home | Let’s Go!

February 1, 2019 - Posted in History by Tabitha Safdi
Woodrow Wilson Home

The Woodrow Wilson Family Home is South Carolina's only remaining presidential site. The home is now a museum featuring the history of Reconstruction. The home was built in 1871 when, at the age of 14, “Tommy” Woodrow Wilson and his family moved to Columbia. According to...

Mann-Simons Site | Let’s Go

February 1, 2019 - Posted in History by Tabitha Safdi
Mann-Simons Site

On the corner of Marion and Richland streets in downtown Columbia stands the Mann-Simons site. The Mann-Simons Site was a collection of commercial and domestic spaces owned and operated by the same African American family from at least 1843 until 1970. Only one house stands...

SC Hall of Fame - Full Listing

January 15, 2019 - Posted in History
SC Hall of Fame - Full Listing

Find recent additions to the South Carolina Hall of Fame as well as a full listing of profiles. FULL LISTING A TO Z Andrew Jackson Andrew Pickens Ann Pamela Cunningham Anna Hyatt Huntington Anne Austin Young Anne Worsham Richardson Archibald Rutledge Arthur Middleton...

SC African American History Calendar 2019 - January Honoree, Steve Benjamin

December 24, 2018 - Posted in History by Andrew Davis
Photos of SC African American History Calendar 2019 and January honoree, Mayor Steve Benjamin

Mayor Steve Benjamin, Columbia’s first African American mayor, was elected in a record-turnout election in 2010. He made it his mission to shape the Capital City into the most talented, educated and entrepreneurial city in America. His devotion to Columbia began in 1990...

SCETV Endowment, Southern Campaign Tour, Stop 4 - Kings Mountain

May 30, 2018 - Posted in History by Andrew Davis
Here, patriot militiamen won a crucial victory against the British.

The final stop on the SC ETV Endowment's Southern Campaign Tour was Kings Mountain National Battlefield. Kings Mountain is a rocky, wooded hill on the border of North and South Carolina. This site also played host to several U.S. Presidents: President Herbert Hoover spoke...

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