Black History Month

Black History Month

During the month of February, join Historic Columbia in honoring Black History Month and learn about important local African American people, places and moments in Columbia and Richland County's history. Attend a variety programs throughout the month, tour the Mann-Simons Site and the Woodrow Wilson Family Home and become a volunteer at the newly interpreted Mann-Simons Site.  

Programs & Events

The Art and Politics of Monuments: Revisiting the SC Statehouse Grounds

Tuesday, Feb. 2 | 6 - 7:30 p.m.| Seibels House, 1601 Richland St.

Join Historic Columbia and the University of South Carolina at a panel discussion featuring Dell Upton, Ph.D., professor of architectural history, UCLA and author of the recently-published What Can and Can’t be Said: Race, Uplift and Monument Building in the Contemporary South.

Second Sunday Roll | Homeplaces, Workplaces, Resting Places: An African American Heritage Sites Tour

Sunday, Feb. 12 | 2 – 3:30 p.m. | Tour begins at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills

Explore important local African American sites with Historic Columbia on Sunday, Feb. 12 during the monthly Second Sunday Roll presented by Seed Architecture, LLC. 

Mann-Simons Site Volunteer Training

Monday, Feb. 13, Saturday, Feb. 18 and Monday, Feb. 27 | 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Mann-Simons Site

Historic Columbia invites the public to help share the history of the Mann-Simons family and become a volunteer tour guide of the newly interpreted site.

Lunch & Learn Series | Honoring Black History Month

Feb. 14, 21 and 28 | 12 – 1 p.m. | Mann-Simons Site

Historic Columbia’s Lunch & Learn series returns for a three-part installment that will honor Black History Month and will explore important African American people, places and moments in history.

Dollar Sunday at the Mann-Simons Site

Sunday, Feb. 19 | 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Mann-Simons Site

See the new exhibits at the Mann-Simons Site for just $1 on Dollar Sunday. Throughout the day, Historic Columbia will showcase artifacts that are not normally on display and will present a variety of hands-on children’s activities, including archeological dig boxes. 


Mann-Simons Site

Discover the role race has played in shaping the capital city at the newly interpreted Mann-Simons Site, the home to the same African-American family for nearly 130 years.

Woodrow Wilson Family Home

Explore the roles that African Americans played during Reconstruction at South Carolina’s only presidential site, the Woodrow Wilson Family Home.

Web-Based Tour

Delve into the history of African American buildings and families of Columbia and Richland Country on Historic Columbia's free, web-based tour.

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