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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Modjeska Monteith Simkins House - Photo Gallery
Modjeska Monteith Simkins House - Photo Gallery

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This photo gallery of the Modjeska Monteith Simkins House contains the following shots: Portraits of Modjeska Monteith Simkins. Inside the exhibit “An Advocate of the People” inside the home. A wall...
Modjeska Monteith Simkins House - Overview
Modjeska Monteith Simkins House - Overview

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Built between 1890 and 1895, this one-story cottage was home to Modjeska Monteith Simkins, considered "the Matriarch of Civil Rights activists of South Carolina," from 1932 until her death on April 5...