Education, Preservation, Remembering Columbia

Lunch & Learn | Honoring Black History Month 2

Take a mental break from work and join HC during lunch

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. The Lunch & Learn sessions will take place from noon – 1 p.m. on Feb. 14. 21 and 28 at the Mann-Simons Site located at 1403 Richland St. in downtown Columbia. 

Neither Citizen Nor Slave: Free Black Columbians Before the Civil War

Tuesday, Feb. 14 | noon – 1 p.m. | Mann-Simons Site

Presenter: John Sherrer, director of cultural resources, Historic Columbia

Overview: Explore the lives of free people of color living and working in Columbia before and during the Civil War. 

Absolute Slaves: Race, Law and Society in Antebellum South Carolina 

Tuesday, Feb. 21 | noon – 1 p.m. | Mann-Simons Site

Presenter: Rochelle Outlaw, J.D., Ph.D. Candidate, USC

Overview: Learn about the common-law definition of race and how it related to social and political thought on race in antebellum South Carolina.  

Modjeska Simkins and the Fight for Educational Equality

Tuesday, Feb. 28 | noon – 1 p.m. | Mann-Simons Site

Presenter: Candace Cunningham, Ph.D. Candidate, USC

Overview: Learn how Modjeska Simkins, South Carolina’s matriarch of human rights, worked with NAACP leaders, teachers and ordinary people to ensure equal pay for black teachers and better education opportunities for black children

Bring your lunch as we munch our way into the past. Walk-ins will be accepted as space allows but reservations are recommended. Tickets to attend the entire three-part series are $25 for members and college students and $30 for non-members. Admission for individual sessions are also available for $10 for members and college students and $12 for non-members. Advance reservation is encouraged and space is limited. For more information and to purchase tickets, click on the link to the left or email or call 803-252-1770 x 23.

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