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African American Heritage

African American Praise House
Mary Jenkins Community Praise House

South Carolina is blessed with a rich African American heritage. This legacy includes historic buildings and structures, archaeological sites, and cultural traditions. Unfortunately, many of these resources are at risk. The South Carolina African American Heritage Commission works closely with the South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) to identify, record, recognize, and encourage the preservation of these historic places, helping all South Carolinians to more fully understand and appreciate the contributions of African Americans to the state.

African American Heritage Commission

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The mission of the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission is to identify and promote the preservation of historic sites, structures, buildings, and culture of the African American experience in South Carolina. 


A Teacher's Guide to African American Historic Places in South Carolina

African American Historic Places in SC (PDF, 8.3 MB)
Addendum July 2015 - June 2016
Addendum July 2016 - June 2017

Select African American Historic Context Studies

Rosenwald Schools

In 1915, Sears and Roebuck President, Julius Rosenwald, established a matching grant fund in his name to construct better quality schools for black children throughout the South
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Places to Visit

South Carolina has a wealth of great African American tourist destinations