Saturday, March 7, 2020 | 11 AM – 4 PM | Aiken County Historical Museum
Join us for our annual Founders Day to celebrate the establishment of Aiken County on March 10, 1871. This year, the Museum will host several programs on Saturday, March 7th related to Aiken County’s African American founders and their legacy. All programs are free and open to the public with no pre-registration required.
11 am – Introduction of Charleston’s International African American Museum; Speaker: Rev. DeMett Jenkins, IAAM’s Lilly Director of Education and Engagement for Faith Based Communities
1 pm – Lecture on African American Education During Reconstruction; Speaker: Lauren Virgo, Director of the ACHM
2 pm – Spoken Word Poetry, Performative Dance, and an update on Aiken’s Center for African American History, Art, & Culture; Speakers: Eva Jackson and Melencia Johnson of the CAAHAC / Performers: Willie Alma Finnie for poetry recitation and Amber Watson with A.Watt Dance Co. for dance
3 pm – Lecture on The Importance of Commemorating the Founding of Aiken County; Speaker: Wayne O’Bryant, Historian
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Sunday, July 28th & Sunday, August 18th, 2019 | 2:30 PM – 5 PM | Aiken County Historical Museum
At the end of the Civil War, a young woman from Bucks County, Pennsylvania traveled from the safety of her home to the war-ravaged state of South Carolina. She spent the rest of her life in South Carolina making sure that the children of newly emancipated slaves received a well-rounded education. Her name, Martha Schofield. Her legacy, the generations of African-Americans who graduated from the Schofield School.
The Friends of the Aiken County Historical Museum will be hosting Sunday at the Museum lectures at Banksia this summer.
Tickets for each lecture are $15. Join the Friends for a casual afternoon of History!
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Book Talk: 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Red Summer: The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America
Cameron will discuss his book about the Summer of 1919 when racial unrest rolled across the nation and the first stirring of the Civil Rights fight began. Millions of lives were disrupted, and hundreds of lives were lost. Blacks responded by fighting back with an intensity never seen before.
Book Signing: 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Dr. Janaka Bowman Lewis
Dr. Janaka Bowman Lewis is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She will be signing copies of her most recent monograph, Freedom Narratives of African American Women: A Study of 19th Century Writings.
Angela Marshall, aka “Author Stone”, is a public speaker, professional writer, columnist, bestselling auhtor, creative consultant, ex-NFL wife, and business owner of “In Other Words, by Stone”. Angela opens a window into the NFL lifestyle with her autobiography, Reality to Rags to Riches: The Story and Life of an Ex-NFL Wife.
Entertainment provided by Karen Gordon, the Empress of Cool.