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South Carolina African American Heritage Commission

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From left: Leevy’s Funeral Home, Wilkinson High School state historical marker dedication, Hough’s Hotel state historical marker dedication, Ruth’s Beauty Parlor.

The movement toward recognizing the importance of preserving this cultural richness led to the passage of a joint resolution of the General Assembly in 1993 that established the South Carolina African American Heritage Council and to its establishment as a commission in 2001 by executive order of Governor Jim Hodges.  

The mission of the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission (SCAAHC) is to identify and promote the preservation of historic sites, structures, buildings, and culture of the African American experience in South Carolina, and to assist and enhance the efforts of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History. The 15-member commission includes representatives from all regions of the state.  

List of South Carolina African American Heritage Commission Members (PDF)

List of South Carolina African American Heritage Commission Appointed Nonvoting Board Members and Nonvoting Associate Board Members (PDF)

For more information about the Commission, please e-mail Kenya Lane, SCDAH African American History Consultant, or Karen Strickland, Chair

Dr. Barbara Jenkins 
Dr. Barbara Williams Jenkins, iconic trailblazer in the preservation of South Carolina’s African American history and one of the founding members of the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission, has passed away. As we honor her legacy and a life well lived, we will never forget her lifelong commitment to her state and her community. Now, we must all pick up the torch and continue the great work she began. On behalf of the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission, we send our heartfelt love and prayers to the Jenkins family.

Upcoming Events

March 21, 2023 Hettie Anderson Exhibit Opening - Save the Date!

December 1, 2022 Commission Meeting - Agenda

October 11, 2022 Commission Meeting - Agenda

September 1, 2022 Commission Meeting - Agenda 

June 9, 2022 Commission Meeting - Agenda 

June 2, 2022 Commission Meeting - Agenda 

May 3, 2022 Commission Meeting - Agenda 

April 21, 2022 Commission Meeting - Agenda -- Postponed

March 18, 2022 Commission Meeting - Agenda 

Newsletter

Call & Response Newsletter, Fall 2021 edition

Call & Response Newsletter, Spring 2021 edition

Call & Response Newsletter, Winter 2021 edition

Call & Response Newsletter, Fall 2020 edition

Call & Response Newsletter, Summer 2020 edition

Call & Response Newsletter, Spring 2020 edition

Call & Response Newsletter: Back issues through Fall 2006.

Preserving Our Places in History Awards 

Award Recipients 2006-2017 (PDF)

Award Recipients 2018 (PDF)

Commission Goals
  • Increase the social, political, and economic value of African American heritage. 
  • Encourage and demonstrate respect for all heritage. 
  • Encourage the documentation of African American heritage. 
  • Institutionalize African American heritage as an ongoing goal of preservation. 
  • Explore every area of South Carolina for African American contributions. 
Commission Services
  • Providing advice and technical information—in partnership with the Department of Archives and History—to individuals and groups who want to preserve historic places;
  • Encouraging and supporting the listing of African American historic sites in the National Register of Historic Places and the placement of South Carolina Historical Markers to recognize and interpret places important in African American history; 
  • Promoting the infusion of African American history into the curriculum of public schools through a partnership with the Avery Research Center for African American History & Culture and the South Carolina Department of Education; 
  • Providing a forum for people interested in preserving African American heritage to learn what is happening across the state, to share success stories, and to receive technical information through meetings and workshops; and 
  • Collaborating with other organizations and agencies to encourage the preservation of South Carolina’s African American history and culture. 
Commission Accomplishments
Commission Awards
  • Palmetto Award of Excellence from the South Carolina Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators for The Green Book of South Carolina
  • Mercury Award of Merit from the South Carolina Chapter of the Public Relations Society for The Green Book of South Carolina
  • Award of Merit form the Confederation of South Carolina Local Historical Societies for our overall body of work
  • 2018 Shining Example Award for "Best Niche Marketing" from the Southeast Tourism Society for The Green Book of South Carolina
  • 2018 Historic Preservation Heritage Tourism Award from Preservation South Carolina, SCDAH, and the Office of the Governor for The Green Book of South Carolina