March 11, 2015

Foundation helps bring civil rights exhibit to South Carolina museum

The traveling civil rights exhibit, “Courage: The Vision to End Segregation and the Guts to Fight for It,” opened February 28 at the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, South Carolina, with the support of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina.

The exhibit examines the powerful grass-roots story behind the Supreme Court’s landmark civil rights decision Brown v. Board of Education. The exhibit traces the saga of Rev. J.A. DeLaine and the citizens of Clarendon County, South Carolina, who brought the first lawsuit challenging racial segregation in public schools.

“This exhibit tells the powerful story of how a community stood up for equality in a time when they were outside the traditional power structure, without wealth and often with little classroom education,” said JoAnn Zeise, State Museum curator of history. “These citizens worked together to begin the process that helped end legal segregation of the races in America’s schools.”

“Courage” runs through July 26.

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

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