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Local initiative created to record history of COVID-19 pandemic

May 20, 2020 - Posted in News by Leslie Leonard
Local initiative created to record history of COVID-19 pandemic

“This pandemic has made known cracks and faults in the state of South Carolina, relating to education and health disparities,” says Michael Allen, a board member on the S.C. African American Heritage Commission. “Things that were once hidden are in plain view.” Black...

College of Charleston Acknowledges its Past with the Center for the Study of Slavery

February 6, 2020 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Victoria Hansen
Dr. Bernard Powers founded the Center for the Study of Slavery at the College of Charleston

As the College of Charleston celebrates its 250th birthday, at its center is Randolph Hall. Built in 1820, students still gather here. Less prominent, an organization that tries to help the school comes to terms with its past, the Center for the Study of Slavery. "You are...

The First Black Female Physician in Rock Hill

October 5, 2018 - Posted in Local by Kaitlyn Cannon
Dr. Vicky Kerr in Medical School

Celia Kerr, Dr. Vicky Kerr's daughter, remembers what it was like to be the child of the first black female physician in the area. "My mom was the first black female physician in Rock Hill, and so it was kind of different. People weren’t quite used to that. In kindergarten...

Money Raised for Charleston's New International African American Museum

August 17, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Victoria Hansen
A picture of what the International African American Museum is expected to look like

The Charleston Maritime Museum was packed Thursday with a who’s who of community leaders, as well as local and state dignitaries. Former, long time Charleston City Mayor Joe Riley could barely contain his excitement as he stepped up to the podium. “Today we’ve asked all of...

Rare Film of First African-American Professional Golfer Sheds Light on Pre-Civil Rights Era

July 18, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Laura Hunsberger
hoto from the University of South Carolina's Motion Image Research Collection.

At the University of South Carolina, the Moving Image Research Collection has established a reputation as one of the top film archives in the country. Curator Greg Wilsbacher says Newsfilm Collections at USC has received some notable donations over the years— including...

South Carolina State University: A Black Land-Grant College in Jim Crow America

April 27, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Walter Edgar
S.C. State University logo

Since its founding in 1896, South Carolina State University has provided vocational, undergraduate, and graduate education for generations of African Americans. Now the state’s flagship historically black university, it achieved this recognition after decades of struggling...