Welcome to the internationally acclaimed CECIL WILLIAMS MUSEUM & INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION. Established in 2019, but under renovations until May 17, the exquisite ultra-modern facility displays 350 images of the Civil Rights Movement, but from the perspective of The Epochal South Carolina Events That Changed America. The massive archives comprise the largest collection of images of this type among all museums in the United States; including the Atlanta based High Museum which archives 300 images.
The images were created by the founder who began photography at age 9 and covered almost all historically significant events in South Carolina; from 1950 Briggs v. Elliot in Summerton, thru the 1969 Charleston Hospital Workers' Strike...and Beyond.
From 1955 through 1969, Cecil was a freelance journalist for JET, and his images have appeared in a thousands of magazines, newspapers, historical publications, and motion picture productions.
The museum design itself is part of the founders' DNA because; upon graduating from high school, Williams wanted to attend Clemson University to study architecture but denied because of his race. He then purchased a drafting board and through the years, designed three residences; including one featured in EBONY, and the museum's design which has evolved into a living history facility.