On the first floor of Camden’s historic Price House, located at Broad and York streets, the annual Black History Month exhibit will be held today through Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Each middle school and high school, including Camden Military Academy, were invited to submit a poster for the exhibit.
Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, located on Ward Road in Lugoff, will host a special Sunday evening program at 6 p.m. Speaker for the special Sunday evening program will be Rev. Marion Bennett, pastor of Bethlehem Missionary Baptist.
The church’s choir will perform two selections. One will be "Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around," a very popular hymn during the Civil Rights Movement. For more information contact, Clifton Harryton Anderson, a member of the Price House Commision, at 424-0405. Both events are free and open to the public.
On Feb. 5, Camden City Council presented the Price House Commission with an official proclamation, naming February as Black History Month.
This year’s theme, "At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington," issued by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) of which the Price House Commission is an active member.
In its Black History Month Bulletin, Volume 75, Number 2, ASLAH issued the following information about this year’s theme:
"On January 1, 1863, Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation to a nation that was entering the third year of a horriffic civil war. The Proclamation stated ‘that all persons held as slaves’ within the rebellious states ‘are, and henceforth shall be free.’ The statements made in the Emancipation Proclamation were directed towards the states that seceded from the Union leaving slavery untouched in the loyal border states.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech, fittingly made in front of the Lincoln Memorial, before more that 200,000 black and white men, women and children, can be seen as a testimonial to the continuos struggle for liberation for African Americans throughout U.S. history and as a crossroads that signifies the intersection of these people, documents and events with the comprehensive freedom and citizenship (or lack of) for African Americans in our nation’s history."
The mission of the Price House Commission includes to promote, research, preserve, interpret, and disseminate information about African American life, history and culture to Camden and Kershaw County community.
ASLAH’s mission is to promote research, preserve, interpret, and disseminate information about Black life, history and culture to the global community. Please visit ASLAH at www.aslah.org.
The Price House Commission includes Polly Lampshire, chairperson; Pearl Boswell, secretary; Libby Robinson, treasurer; Janie Lloyd; Viveca Metze; Josephine Hunter; Ruby Menton; Ponza Vaughan and Clifton Harryton Anderson. Friends of the Price House include Marie M. Major, Deena Ransom and Laura Prioleau.
Article submitted by Clifton Harryton Anderson