S.C. Civil Rights Museum receives WeGOJA award | Native


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The WeGoJA Foundation and the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission have selected Cecil Williams’ Civil Rights Museum in South Carolina to receive the award for the “Preserving Our Places in History” project in 2021.

Williams, photographer, director of monument preservation at Claflin University and founder of the Cecil Williams Civil Rights Museum in South Carolina, was selected as one of the awardees who have made a significant contribution to the preservation and promotion of African American history in the state.

A virtual awards program recently took place and due to COVID-19 restrictions, Williams received the award at the museum. The Cecil Williams Civil Rights Museum in South Carolina is the state’s first and only civil rights museum. The museum’s official opening was offset by COVID-19, but it still drew more than 9,000 visitors during its short period of operation. It has preserved more than 3,000 documents, artifacts, and photographs that are exclusive, unique historical treasures related to the civil rights movement in South Carolina.

“We have been closed since March 2020 because of the pandemic, so we plan to reopen on May 17th for certain age groups and those who have been vaccinated, subject to conditions permitting,” Williams said. “May 17th will mark the 67th anniversary of Brown’s decision against the Board of Education.”

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With the slogan “Preserving Our Places in History: So We Don’t Forget,” the online program included inspirational remarks from Senator Mia McLeod who challenged the virtual audience to become the change they expect in the future.

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