CWCRM IS SUPPORTED BY CECIL WILLIAMS PHOTOGRAPHY, LLC
BEAT COVID-19! SELECT & PAY $20 FOR AN IMMERSIVE, ENTERTAINING "VIRTUAL REALITY" TOUR - FEE ALSO GOOD FOR A FUTURE ON-SITE VISIT AS WELL. GATHER THE WHOLE FAMILY AROUND.
YOUR SUPPORT NEEDED MORE THAN EVER!
ONSITE VISITATIONS RESUMED JUNE 1 BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
While respecting strict COVID-19 practices, onsite visitations are available on a APPOINTMENT ONLY BASIS with limitations on groups no larger than 5 persons. Admittance will be allowed only if wearing safety masks and adhere to social distancing of 6 or more feet apart. Payment and Donations must be paid in advance at time of appointment. All persons admitted will be asked if they have ill or been in contact with any person ill with COVID-19. Please do not make appointments if you are sick or not feeling well. Touching or contact with any museum exhibit will be strictly forbidden.
One of the reasons the Cecil Williams Civil Rights Museum was founded was because we needed a vivid reminder of the battles we fought to carve out freedom, Justice and Equality.With this in mind, we stand today in solidarity with those who fight for justice and anti-racism. The CWCRM demonstrates what can be achieved with persistence, tenacity, determination and courage.
The Cecil Williams Civil Rights Museum hopes it presence will not only help defeat racism, but also systemic practices that pervades the psyche of our nation. We extend our love to the families imacted by an out of control racism that is fueled by an administration unable to accept that we all are one people, one race, under God.
VIRTUAL TOURS FROM COMFORT & SAFETY OF YOUR DESKTOP COMPUTER OR SMART DEVICE.
VIRTUAL TOUR is an immersive walk-thru of our one-of-a-kind civil rights museum featuring exclusively South Carolina events.
$20—Unlimited Virtual visits for 30 days—plus 1 Onsite Visit — when things get back to normal.
To start, click below & fill out purchase form. Tour instructions at bottom will also appear on emailed receipt. After purchasing, tour will begin and a message will appear in your inbox with link attached. When visiting later, to share with family or immerse in exhibit details, select link to begin; no limit on number of times you make a virtual visit for 30 days.
ONSITE VISITATIONS HAVE RESUMED JUNE 1
While respecting strict COVID-19 practices, onsite visitations are available on a APPOINTMENT ONLY BASIS with limitations on groups no larger than 5 persons. Admittance will be allowed only if wearing safety masks and adhere to social distancing of 6 or more feet apart. Payment must be made in advance at time of appointment. All persons admitted will be asked if they have ill or been in contact with any person ill with COVID-19. Please do not make an appointment if you are sick or not feeling well. Touching or contact with any museum exhibit strictly forbidden.
CECIL WILLIAMS CIVIL RIGHT MUSEUM
The CECIL WILLIAMS CIVIL RIGHT MUSEUM (South Carolina's First and Only Civil Rights Museum) honors a generation of people, Black and White, throughout the Palmetto State, who deserve to be remembered for their unselfish commitments and sacrifices. Together, they destroyed Jim Crow, demanded dignity and justice for all people, changed the Constitution, and inspired mankind.Now, through the latest digital technology, Virtual Reality Tours allow an extremely immersive experience for everyone.
Virtual Reality Tours have been arranged by Cecil Williams — an eyewitness and civil rights movement participant. When onsite tours are allowed in the future — a 5-minute overview of the museum will begin in the Matthew Perry Media Gallery, one of the magnificent historical areas of the 3500 sq. ft. museum.
In addition to comprehensive exhibits and documentation of almost all South Carolina Civil Rights Movement Era events, the CWCRM henges on four major historical trend-setting milestones that influenced America's Civil Rights Movement more than any other: 1. Briggs v. Elliott Case, nation's first suit against segregation in public education; becoming merged into Brown v. Board of Education 2. Orangeburg Freedom Movement, where local citizens created boycotting as a new tool to fight JIM CROW; then becoming the template for the Montgomery Bus Boycott. 3. Harvey Gantt - first African American to attend Clemson. 4. The Orangeburg Massacre; first on any college campus. 5.Charleston Hospital Workers' Strike.
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. Recently, this area has been sponsored and now named: The Briggs-Delaine-Pearson Gallery Sponsored by the Quick Family. Naming of other areas is presently a museum priority.
The significance in a residential area is related directly to the metaphoric rise against injustice and segregation by Cecil Williams—who after graduation from high school 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 meetings in the unexcelled environment that celebrates the rich history of the civil rights movement.
For the benefit of present and future generations, the main objective of the CWCRM is to exhibit, preserve and reclaim "The South Carolina Events that Changed America. CWCRM is preserving and reclaiming the history of the remnants of a system of inequity that continues to plague America today. CWCRM 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.
"The CWCRM is a tranquil place rich in the history of struggle and transformation; a place to reflect on the civil rights movement, to honor those injured and killed during the struggle; to appreciate how far our state and country has come in its quest for equality, and to consider how far it has to go."