Columbia Canopy Project
A partnership between Historic Columbia and local nature non-profit Columbia Green, the Columbia Canopy Project is a multifaceted effort to address the impacts of structural racism on our city’s communities.
In 2021, Columbia Green and Historic Columbia received a generous grant from the CWD3 Fund, a donor-advised fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina, to increase the urban canopy in Columbia’s underserved neighborhoods and to honor these communities’ previously unrecognized leaders. With input by a steering committee comprised of representatives from Columbia Green, Historic Columbia, Columbia Tree and Appearance Commission, City of Columbia Parks and Recreation, City of Columbia Forestry and Beautification, as well as professional landscapers, arborists and community leaders, the Columbia Canopy Project was formed.
In 2022, Historic Columbia began researching and crafting long-form narratives on the history of each community participating in the project, many of which have never been researched. Communities participating in the project are: Allen University, Barhamville Estates, Belmont/Gable Oaks, Belvedere, Benedict College, Burton Heights/Standish Acres, Capital Heights, College Place, Edgewood, Greenview, Harlem Heights/Fairwold Acres, Hyatt Park/Keenan Terrace, Jones-McDonald Community, Lower Waverly, Lyon Street Community, North Pointe Estates, Northwood Hills, Pinehurst, Prescott Manor, Seminary Ridge, Waverly, and Windemere Springs.
To supplement these narratives, Columbia Green has planted trees in participating communities to memorialize their individual leaders and provide a place of natural beauty for neighbors to enjoy. Wayside signs and an accompanying website will detail the purpose of the project, the important work done by community leaders, and the history of each community. The Columbia Canopy Project will launch on South Carolina's Arbor Day: December 1, 2023.
You are Invited!
Columbia Canopy Project Launch Celebration
Friday, December 1, 2023 at 10:00 a.m.
Drew Park (2101 Walker Soloman Way, Columbia)
To commemorate the launch of the Columbia Canopy Project, please join Historic Columbia and Columbia Green for a celebration including a short program, wayside signage unveiling, and refreshments. This event is free and open to the public. We hope you will join us!
In Partnership With
Long-form Essays (StoryMaps)
Detail of Redline Map of Columbia, S.C., 1937. (Mapping Inequality, University of Richmond)
First day of integrated classes at Eau Claire High School, 1965. (The State Newspaper Photograph Archive, Richland Library)
Booker Washington Heights residents at City Hall, 1977. (The State Newspaper Photograph Archive, Richland Library)
Reach Out to the Research Team
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