Photo by David Wallace
In January 2012, the mayors of seven Southern cities collaborated to mark the 50th anniversary of 1963 – the height of the Civil Rights Movement.
Throughout 2013, these cities recognized and commemorated the courage of countless ordinary citizens who sacrificed everything to march toward freedom and force the nation to uphold its democratic ideals.
For Columbia, SC, this undertaking was especially important and valuable. Preceding the long-awaited passage of the Civil Rights Act, Black South Carolinians waged an intense campaign for self-determination and equality.
Unfortunately, the stories of their contributions have since been lost or forgotten.
The result was a first for Columbia – a lasting and significant heritage element focused on the city’s Civil Rights story – offering a comprehensive understanding of why Our Story Matters.