By Barney Blakeney
Damon L. Fordham, author and Adjunct Professor of History at The Citadel and Charleston Southern University, will perform an evening of “Lost Stories of Black Charleston” at the Charleston City Gallery as a part of the Moja Arts Festival.
Professor Fordham, a Spartanburg native who was raised in Mt. Pleasant, has researched and written extensively on the lesser known stories of Charleston’s Black History. He has written three books on the subject and has contributed occasional articles on such stories to The Charleston Chronicle since 1998, as well as conducting local tours and lectures. Monday, October 1 at 6pm, he will tell stories of such events as the Denmark Vesey slave rebellion, Martin Luther King’s visits to Charleston, the story of local leaders Septima Clark and Esau Jenkins, as well as Charleston’s Sugar House Slave Dungeon.
The City Gallery is at 34 Prioleau Street near Waterfront Park. Admission is free and Professor Fordham will autograph copies of his books following the program.