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African-American art & photography
Acclaimed Gullah artist Jonathan Green has captured traditions and stories of African history with brushstrokes, painting the visions etched in his memory. His bold paintings, along with he and his studio director's astonishing collection of art, are part of Gibbes Museum's exhibition Vibrant Vision: The Collection of Jonathan Green and Richard Weedman. Also on display is Witness to History: Civil Rights Era Photographs by James Karales.



A step back in time
Discover what life was like around 1900 when you step onto the grounds of the Benjamin E. Mays Preservation Site in Greenwood. The late Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, a son of former slaves, became an astute educator, scholar and minister. The influential civil rights leader is considered Greenwood's most distinguished son. Learn about his life when you tour his birth home, the site's museum and one-room school.



A bench by the road
It's not just a bench, but it is a monument erected in memory of thousands of slaves brought through Sullivan's Island, the entry point for thousands of captive Africans. Located on the grounds of the Fort Moultrie Visitor Center, the bench is part of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison's Bench by the Road project. The steel bench overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway. Come sit for a spell.

Wine & Food Festival
It's where food and wine meet Lowcountry culture and history – the BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival. The nationally-acclaimed food and wine festival is Feb. 28-March 3.

History Tours
Get a glimpse into the rich African-American history and heritage of the Palmetto State from the Sea Islands to the capital city. We've planned a tour for you. Click here for your itinerary.

McNair Memorial
Visit the Dr. Ronald E. McNair memorial in downtown Lake City. McNair, the second African-American astronaut to visit space, died aboard the space shuttle Challenger in 1986.

Ethnic History Parade
Celebrate African-American culture and history during the Ethnic History Parade & Gospel Soiree, Feb. 2 in Columbia. Following the parade, enjoy gospel music by local talent.
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