African American History

African American History Month is celebrated every February to honor the achievements of African Americans who have shaped American history.

African American History Month (or Black History Month) is celebrated every February to honor the achievements of African Americans who have shaped American history. Historian Carter G. Woodson hoped to raise awareness of African American's contributions to civilization by establishing Negro History Week. The event was first celebrated during a week in February 1926 that included both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass' birthdays. The week was later expanded to a month in 1976 during the United States bicentennial.

PHOTO: On March 20, 1969, black hospital workers at the Medical College of South Carolina in Charleston went on strike to protest the firing of twelve employees and to call for higher wages and union recognition.

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Lamar High School Overview | Let's Go!
Lamar High School Overview | Let's Go!

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Lamar High School in Darlington County, South Carolina, was the site of an attack on school buses carrying African American students to the campus on March 3, 1970. In January 1970, the 4th Circuit...
Bettis Academy Overview | Let's Go!
Bettis Academy Overview | Let's Go!

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Established in Trenton (Edgefield County) in 1881 by the Reverend Alexander Bettis, this school provided former enslaved African Americans and their children with a basic education of reading and...
Dave the Potter | Carolina Snaps
Dave the Potter | Carolina Snaps

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At a time in history when teaching enslaved Africans to read and write was a punishable fine, Dave the Potter is recognized as the first to inscribe this work.
Penn Center: A Legacy of Change Learning Activity
Penn Center: A Legacy of Change Learning Activity

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This program tells the story of the Penn Center’s inception in 1862 as a school for freed slaves to its involvement in the Gullah community today. Today the center collects, documents, preserves, and...