African American History

75th Anniversary of D-Day Brings Veterans' Recollections of Tyranny's End in Europe

June 6, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
The Allies suffered nearly 10,000 casualties on D Day, including 2500 dead.  Here they rest at Normandy.

75 years ago - June 6, 1944 - 156,000 Allied troops on nearly 7000 ships and landing craft and supported by 11,590 planes dropping both bombs and paratroopers, landed on the beaches of Normandy, France. The top-secret invasion of Europe was code-named Operation Overlord,...

Civil Rights Movement Had its Roots in World War I

April 16, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
Men of the 369th (15th N.Y.) who won the Croix de Guerre for gallantry in action, sailing home on The Stockholm in 1919.

As soldiers were fighting overseas during World War I, there was another battle going on back home: the battle for a better life for African Americans. Historian Janet Hudson, speaking at a recent symposium on the war presented by Lander University in Greenwood, said even...

Let’s Go! | Woodrow Wilson Family Home

February 1, 2019 - Posted in Digital Studios 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...

Let’s Go | Mann-Simons Site

February 1, 2019 - Posted in Digital Studios 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...

First Female President at Benedict College

September 27, 2018 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Karen Henry
Dr. Roslyn Artis

There are currently 101 Historically Black Colleges & Universities in the US, including public and private institutions. Of that 101, only twelve have appointed female presidents to lead these prestigious schools. Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis is the first female President at...

Harriet Tubman Reenactor

July 17, 2018 - Posted in Making it Grow
Harriet Tubman Reenactor

Harriet Tubman was an American abolitionist and political activist. Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and subsequently made some thirteen missions to rescue approximately seventy enslaved people, family and friends, using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses...

The Chronicles of Adam

July 17, 2018 - Posted in Making it Grow by Sean Flynn
The Chronicles of Adam

The Chronicles of Adam is a first person Historical Interpretation of a slave by the name of Adam. Although based on a real person, this story is comprised of various accounts, historical facts, and life lessons for viewers of any age to enjoy. This is performed by...

Five Must-See Places in Beaufort County

June 20, 2018 - Posted in SCETV Regionals by Imelda Golden and Cassidy Haynes
Church of the Cross in Old Town Bluffton

During our first two weeks as interns, we've traveled all across the Lowcountry, touring and taking photographs of its most beautiful, intrguing, and noteworthy places. From waterfronts and playgrounds, to churches and memorials, here are our five must-see places in...

Juneteenth: The Second Independence Day

June 19, 2018 - Posted in SCETV Regionals by Shannon Simmons
Juneteenth Rock Hill

Juneteenth, the mash-up of the two words June and Nineteenth, is sometimes called the second independence day. June 19th marks the day in 1865 when African American slaves in Galveston, Texas finally received news that they were freed, two years after the signing of the...

New SC Film “Charlie’s Place” Premieres April 26 on SCETV

April 24, 2018 - Posted in SCETV by Glenn Rawls
The staff of Charlie's Place.

Charlie’s Place , a new South Carolina ETV documentary, tells the story of an African-American nightclub owned by Charlie and Sarah Fitzgerald in Myrtle Beach, S.C. from the 1930s to the 1960s. Charlie’s Place on Carver Street was a significant stop for musicians on the...

Charlie's Place

April 9, 2018 - Posted in Carolina Stories by Betsy Newman
Staff at Charlie's Place

Carolina Stories: Charlie’s Place Charlie’s Place , tells the story of an African American nightclub in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina that was a significant stop on the Chitlin’ Circuit in the segregated South. The owner, Charlie Fitzgerald, welcomed blacks and whites to his...

Robert Smalls

February 22, 2018 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame
Robert Smalls

In 1862, Robert Smalls, an enslaved crew-member of the CSS Planter, steals the boat, sails it past the heavily armed defenses of Charleston Harbor in South Carolina and delivers it into the hands of the Union forces further out. The bold act makes Smalls a hero in the North...

Ronald Erwin McNair

February 15, 2018 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame
Ronald Erwin McNair

Inducted into the South Carolina Hall Of Fame, Ronald McNair was the second African-American to go into space, and was part of the STS-51L crew that died when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after lift-off in 1986.

February 6, 1968 - All Star Bowling Lanes Protest Turns Violent

February 14, 2018 - Posted in HBCU Rising by Beryl Dakers
Dr. Emma McCain

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 ordered all public places and schools to desegregate and serve blacks and whites equally. For four years, from 1964 to 1968, Orangeburg's All Star Bowling Lanes refused to obey the Act and continued to turn away African Americans On February 6,...

Orangeburg Massacre: A Conversation with Henry Smith's Sister

February 8, 2018 - Posted in HBCU Rising by Beryl Dakers
Ora Sue Smith Hughes

Ora Sue Smith Hughes shares memories about her brother, Henry Smith (1948-1968), one of the three slain victims in the Orangeburg Massacre. South Carolina State College student Henry Smith had an interest in the growing civil rights movement, admiring leaders like Martin...

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