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"For the benefit of present and future generations, the main objective of the Cecil Williams Civil Rights Museum is to exhibit and preserve."
"The South Carolina Events that Changed America. It is a history museum"
The CECIL WILLIAMS CIVIL RIGHT MUSEUM (South Carolina's First and Only Civil Rights Museum) honors a generation of people, throughout the Palmetto State, who deserve to be remembered for their unselfish commitments and sacrifices: Black and White together, destroyed Jim Crow, demanded dignity and justice for all people, changed the Constitution, and inspired mankind.
Guided tours by Cecil Williams — an eyewitness and civil rights movement participant — begin with a 5-minute overview in the Matthew Perry Media Gallery
The CECIL WILLIAMS MUSEUM proclaims an unusual origin and documentation of America's civil rights beginning. Among other events and places, the museum henges on major events in Clarendon County, Orangeburg, Sumter, Rock Hill, Elloree, Columbia, and Charleston where civil rights activities flourished. Upon entering, the Briggs—Delaine—Pearson Gallery, the "big bang" documentation presents Summerton and Orangeburg, South Carolina as epicenters of a movement that transformed the lives of African Americans—from segregation to first class citizens. Naming and sponsorship of other area is presently a museum priority.
The significance of location in a residential area is related directly to the metaphoric rise against injustice and segregation by Cecil Williams—who after graduation from high school was barred from attending Clemson to study architecture. Determined to succeed despite this barrier, he designed three minimalist-styled homes; one of which was featured in June 1977 EBONY as a "Space Age Home." He designed the above ultra-modern building, now museum, in 1983—36 years ago. Throughout South Carolina and the United States, museums in residential areas include: Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, Topeka,Kansas; Modjeska Simkins House/Museum, Columbia, SC; Martin Luther King - Birth House, Atlanta, Georgia; Benjamin Mayes Historic Site, Greenwood, SC and 183 others.
In addition to being Divine-driven, the Cecil Williams Civil Rights Museum also functions as a neighborhood community center; a role it has already served for 18 years. Organizations are invited to inquire about meeting dates in the unexcelled environment that celebrates the rich history of the civil rights movement.
The Cecil Williams Civil Rights Museum serves as a link between
past, present, and future generations, who are reminded that our history
proceeds forward not only as a results of actions of governmental leaders,
but also from the actions of ordinary Americans.