2018-19 Annual Fund

Each year, Historic Columbia’s Annual Fund program supports a meaningful project that will have lasting impact on our community. This year’s Annual Fund will focus on interpretative and educational upgrades at the Modjeska Monteith Simkins House, which has been managed by Historic Columbia since 2006.

Modjeska Simkins

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, 1992.

“Start each sunrise as a new day. Start out believing there’s good to be done and people to do it for.” 
— Modjeska Monteith Simkins

The exhibits and educational activities will focus on Modjeska Simkins’ life and work from 1929 to 1956 under four major themes:

  • Citizenship and activism
  • Health disparities and remedies
  • Economic discrimination and self-sufficiency
  • Political inequalities and action

The themes will be addressed using interactive exhibits, dynamic classroom and maker-space activities, and public programming – focused on understanding historic and addressing contemporary civil rights issues.

Please consider supporting the 2018-19 Annual Fund. Your gift will help Historic Columbia to once again make the home of Modjeska Simkins a center of engagement and action for the community.