Charleston Library Society Hosts Free “Slavery to Civil Rights” Lecture

A presentation by Ruth Miller and Alec Cooley based on their new book “Slavery to Civil Rights: A Walking Tour of African-American Charleston” will be held Monday, September 23 at Charleston Library Society (164 King Street) from 10:30 am – 11:30 am. RSVP for this free event by calling 843-723-9912 or emailing dreutter@charlestonlibrarysociety.org.

This new book is described as an overview tour through 350 years of Charleston’s African-American history detailing individuals and events that have shaped the Lowcountry story. Did you know the author of Amazing Grace, John Newton, sold slaves in Charleston? Do you know why the Baha’i Faith has the second largest number of followers, after Christianity, in the State of South Carolina? Did you know there were race riots in downtown Charleston? This is only some content that will be contained in this highly illustrated lecture. Complimentary coffee and donuts provided by the Charleston Library Society.

The guidebook begins with an introduction to Charleston’s central role in the Trans-Atlantic slave trade to North America. The volume continues with stories and biographies that reveal a seldom-told side of Charleston’s history spanning the colonial, federal, and antebellum eras, followed by Reconstruction, Jim Crow and the Civil Rights Movement. With sections organized geographically along two separate routes, the guidebook can be read as a traditional book or used as a companion to visit actual historic locations in downtown Charleston. Highly illustrated.

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