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Price House to host annual Black History Month exhibit

Posted: February 14, 2012 3:53 p.m.
Updated: February 15, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Camden’s historic Price House at the corner of Broad and York Streets will host The annual Black History exhibit will be held at Camden’s historic Price House at the corner of Broad and York Streets Feb. 22 to 25, from noon to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, Feb. 26 from 1 to 4 p.m. At 5 p.m., Sunday, February 26, Camden Second Presbyterian, located at 816 Market Street, will host the annual Sunday evening Black History Month program. Both events are free and open to the public.
This year’s theme, according to coordinator Clifton Harryton Anderson, a recent appointee to the Price House Commission by Camden City Council, is “Black Women in American Culture and History – 75 Anniversary.” Each year, the annual theme is issued by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), with headquarters in Washington, D.C. The Price House Commission is a participating member, under the membership category of nonprofit institutional organization.

While issuing the theme for 2012, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History also issued the following information. “From the American Revolution to the present, African American women have played a myriad of critical roles in the making of our nation. Their labor and leadership, their motherhood and patriotism, and their intellect and artistic expression have all enriched both the African American community and nation at large. In slavery and freedom, their struggles have been at the heart of the human experience, and their triumphs over racism and sexism are a testimonial to our common human spirit.”

Anderson said he approached Dr. Frank Morgan, Superintendent of the Kershaw County School District, seeking permission to approach each middle school and each high school principals, inviting each to participate in the exhibit, by submitting a poster on a particular African American woman who has contributed much to her career/profession, as well as to society/community. The Camden Military Academy was also invited to participate.

The local chapter of each African American international sorority has been invited to participate in the exhibit, by submitting a poster on one of its national members and a poster on one of its local chapter members.

African American women of Camden and Kershaw County, who have served their community and society well, in many ways, like retired educators, have been invited to participate with a poster, listing their life’s achievements, along with community service.

Beginning this year, churches in the Camden-Kershaw County will be invited to host the special Sunday evening program, following the annual Black History Month exhibit at the Price House.

This year, Camden Second Presbyterian Church, founded in 1890 and located at 816 Market Street, will host the special Sunday evening program, beginning at 5 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 26.

Persons scheduled to participate on this year’s special evening program are Rev. Joyce Wright, pastor of Camden Second Presbyterian Church; Dr. Maggie Glover, a senator from South Carolina, representing the Florence District and Director of Developmental Programs and Special Activities at Morris College, Sumter; Jannie Harriot, Executive Director of the South Carolina African American Heritage Foundation; Mollye A. Robinson, Polly Lampshire, Chairwoman, Price House Commission and Clifton Harryton Anderson.

During the hours of the exhibit, on the first floor of the Price House will be open for visitors.
The mission of the Price House Commission includes…promoting research, preserving, interpret, and disseminating information about African American life, history, and culture to Camden and Kershaw County communities.

For further information, you may call Clifton Harryton Anderson at 424-0405.

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