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South Carolina African American Heritage Commission To Honor Retiring HBCU Presidents
Published:
2/2/2017 10:29:38 AM


Luns C. Richardson
 

The South Carolina African American Heritage Foundation will hold its quarterly meeting and annual “Preserving our Places in History” awards presentation on Friday, February 3, 2017 at the South Carolina Archives and History Center, 8301 Parklane Road, Columbia. The quarterly meeting will begin at 10:00 am followed by lunch at 12:00 noon and the awards presentation at 1:00 pm.  

Retiring president of Morris College, Dr. Luns C. Richardson, will receive the “Herbert A. Decosta Trailblazer” Award and retiring president of Benedict College, Dr. David H. Swinton will receive the inaugural “Leon Love Lifetime Achievement award.  The Herbert A. DeCosta Trailblazer Award recognizes exceptional achievement by South Carolina African Americans in the arts, science, government, economics, and academics. Its namesake, Herbert DeCosta, Jr., was an architectural engineer of the 20th century who became nationally renowned for his expertise in restoring historic properties.  The Leon Love Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a person, group or organization that has made a notable, successful, sustained and lasting contribution to the preservation of African American history and culture in SC.  This award is named for former chairperson and vice chairperson of the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission for his untiring efforts to encourage the preservation of African American history and culture in South Carolina.

Other awards to be presented include the Preserving Our Places in History Individual award to Dr. Bobby Donaldson, history professor at the University of South Carolina.  This award recognizes a person who has demonstrated or made an outstanding accomplishment in preserving and interpreting African American history and culture in South Carolina during the past year.  The Preserving Our Places in History Group or Organization award, The Beaufort Monument Committee. This award recognizes a group or organization that has demonstrated or made an outstanding accomplishment in preserving and interpreting African American history and culture in South Carolina during the past year.  The Preserving Our Places in History Project award, Heyward-Washington House of Charleston.

The event is free and open to the public but registration is required for the luncheon and awards presentation.  To register send e-mail to scaaheritagefound@gmail or call 843-917-3350.  For additional information contact Jannie Harriot at 843-332-3589.

 

 

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