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South Carolina African American Heritage Foundation Presents Cecil Williams
1/6/2017 12:35:08 PM

Cecil Williams
The South Carolina African Heritage Foundation will present Cecil Williams, author, artist, photographer, inventor, former JET magazine photographer, for a two-day residency and public event January 9-10, 2017. Williams will present a one day residency at Lamar High School on January 9 and Mayo High school on January 10. There will be a public presentation at Black Creek Arts Council on Monday, January 9 at 6:00 pm and a reception from 6:00-6:45 pm with presentation following at 7:00 pm. The public event is free and open to the public.

Williams, a native of Orangeburg, South Carolina, continues his work today as an active photographer and he is also Director of Historic Preservation at Claflin University. From the desegregation of Clemson University to the Orangeburg Massacre, Williams’ collection contains an estimated one-half million images of African American culture, heritage and social activism.

During the two-day event Williams will display film images digitized with his invention, the Film Toaster, which works fifty times faster than other conventional technologies. His collection includes images of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, former President John F. Kennedy, former Charlotte Mayor Harvey Gantt, civil rights activists Septima Poinsette Clark and Modjeska Monteith Simkins, and Harry Briggs Jr., of Briggs v. Elliott.

This event is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission, the Black Creek Arts Council, the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund and the National Endowment for the Arts. The South Carolina African American Heritage Foundation supports the efforts of the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission to identify and preserve historic sites, culture and lifeways of African Americans in South Carolina. For more information contact Jannie Harriot (843) 332-3589 or

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