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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3D VR - Modjeska Monteith Simkins House | Let's Go
3D VR - Modjeska Monteith Simkins House | Let's Go

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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...
Establishment of Freetown | Gullah Roots
Establishment of Freetown | Gullah Roots

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Freetown was founded by formerly enslaved people, many of them from South Carolina and Georgia. Their first attempt to establish an African colony in 1787 failed, but in 1792, more than a thousand...
Return to Bunce Island | Gullah Roots
Return to Bunce Island | Gullah Roots

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From 1617 to the abolishment of the English slave trade in 1807, Bunce Island was the last glimpse of home for tens of thousands of enslaved Africans. Today, only ruins remain, as a testament to the...
Rice As Cash Crop | Gullah Roots
Rice As Cash Crop | Gullah Roots

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Rice is a staple food of Sierra Leone. Rice is not only a favorite dish of Sierra Leoneans and the Gullah-Geechee, but it is also a part of their history. A dike system for cultivating rice worked...
Joe Neal | SC African American History Calendar
Joe Neal | SC African American History Calendar

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Rev. Joseph H. Neal was born on August 31, 1950 to the late Mrs. Laverne Kohn Neal and the late Rev. C.R. Neal of Hopkins, S.C. He was the third of four children. His compassion for people at an early...
3D VR - Benjamin Mays Historical Site | Let's Go!
3D VR - Benjamin Mays Historical Site | Let's Go!

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Thank you so much for visiting the Let’s Go 3D VR – Benjamin Mays Historical Site interactive. As you tour the page, please notice the hotspot captions. SCETV Education asked fourth grade students...