A: 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. Touching or contact with any museum exhibit will be strictly forbidden.
Q: Why is museum tied to the May 17, 2019 date and why Brown v. Board of Education?
A: May 17, 2019 marks the 65th year since this pivotal U.S. Supreme Court ruling which is one of the major waves of change associated with the Civil Rights Movement.
Q: Why is the museum being located in a residential area?
A: Hundreds of museums are located in residential areas and considered to be an asset, not a liability. Because the founder is architect of the building; the location of the Cecil Williams Museum is actually a part of the DNA concept:upon graduating from high school, he wanted to study architecture but Blacks were unable to attend; he bought a drafting board and designed three homes he has lived in and which housed his photography operation. Throughout South Carolina and the United States, museums in residential areas include: Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, Monroe Street, Topeka,Kansas; Modjeska Simkins House, Columbia, SC; Martin Luther King - Birth House, Atlanta, Georgia; Benjamin Mayes Historic Site, Greenwood, SC.
Q: Will there be an admission fee? And what are the hours of operation?
A: Yes, a modest donation of $20 is requested for online Virtual Reality Tours and future visits. All contributions will be greatly appreciated to help us build this concept. Hours of operation have not been determined. Virtual Tours may be initiated at any time by purchasers with the $20 fee. Other visitations may be allowed but under special circumstances only.
Q: How many pictures will be exhibited in the museum?
A: Approximately 500 images will be on a full time exhibit status. This number exceeds all other civil rights museum's display status.
In addition, over 2,000 names of individuals will be posted on a Wall of Recognition complimented by a kiosk which electronically reveals contributions to society.
Q. What's this Virtual Reality Tour All Aboutl
360 Virtual Reality Tours were initiated after the COVID-19 restrictions and close contact and distancing protocols. The world is entering uncharted social behavior which may forever change the norm. Meanwhile, technology such as 360 Virtual Reality Tours rival and sometimes may surpass on-site visitations. For a $20 Virtual Reality tour, visitors may experience each and every exhibit in the Cecil Williams Civil Rights Museum. Also, by placing mouse on a tagged circle, visual presentations will start and continue until the mouse is removed.The $20 fee enables the purchaser to have a future onsite visit as well.
Q. Where Did All This Historic Material Come From?
The historically significant artifacts, photographs, and materials most come from the personal collections of the founder who endured first-hand, the decades of living under segregation in the Deep South. Special one of a kind artifacts like the Briggs Family Historic Bible are on lone from Briggs family members exclusively to the CWCRM.