NEED

"If you know whence you came, there is really no limit to where you can go."

—James Baldwin

 

The Identification, Interpretation, Preservation, and the Visual Presentation of pictures, papers, documents and other items that chronicle the major events affecting African Americans in South Carolina is needed.

 

OBJECTIVES

• To establish a museum to display archives of pictures, papers, interviews, records, documents, and etc. of South Carolinians involved in historical events that have had significant impact on African Americans in the state and in the nation.

 

•To present photographic documentation that the achievements of the South Carolina civil rights era were not possible without tremendous support from whites citizens; some who played visibly active roles and others who remained in the background. 

 

• To establish a site to exhibit the Pictorial History of the historical events that have had significant impact on African Americans in the state and in the nation.

 

• To present an unbiased, objective view of significant events in the history of South Carolina through pictures, clippings, records, and papers from South Carolinians on both sides of the important issues of the past.

 

• To improve the level of knowledge of South Carolinians regarding the tremendous role that South Carolinians have played in reshaping the fabric of this nation.

 

• To preserve the photographic and document collections utilizing state-of-the-art and cutting edge technology such as digital imaging and CDs. A web site would be created to disseminate information as well.

 

PROPOSED INITIAL PROJECTS

To inaugurate the activities of this organization, CWM will commission Cecil J. Williams, founder, to compile a unique photographic  and digital imaging project that will tell stories in composite images.  For over seven decades, Williams has taken pictures that document and chronicle the lives of people and events that have changed the landscape of our state.  From his vast collection of over 200,000 pictures that visually show the pain and the struggles that have brought us to where we are today, he will bring to life hundreds of mural scale photographs 

 

Williams refers to his project as more than just single images:  "My murals will be psychological icons that will educate, provoke thought, and commemorate individuals and events that previously remained in the shadows of history. I believe that my project could be the link between past, present, and future generations of Americans who would be reminded that our history moves forward not only as a results of the actions of our leaders but also from the actions of ordinary Americans who in their everyday lives struggle to achieve a more just and equal way of life for themselves and their children."  

 

Secondly, because of the significant contributions that came out of the Briggs v. Elliott case in Clarendon County, South Carolina, efforts would be made to gather information and procedures that would lead to the establishment of national programs to enhance our efforts here and in Clarendon County. Imagine a facility where concepts related to civil rights and equality are effectively communicated to all visitors and where people would understand how and see where the historic Supreme Court Brown v. Board of Education case begun and pioneered.