With the return of autumn, the school year, and cooler days (hopefully), so returns this blog! After a quiet summer on the blog, we are planning on resuming actively posting about our upcoming events over the remaining few months of the Project.
And while the blog posts might have slowed a bit over the summer, the Jubilee Project certainly did not, and we have had quite a few exciting events recently! A couple historical markers have been unveiled around the Charleston area: one on King Street commemorating the Kress sit-in and another on John’s Island in honor of the Progressive Club. The College of Charleston hosted a panel on August 30th focused on Charleston’s history as a city dedicated to religious freedom while simultaneously acting as a haven for slavery. Joe McGill, who participated in the panel, continued his awareness-raising work, The Slave Dwelling Project, by sleeping in one of Charleston’s former slave dwellings at 16 1/2 Glebe Street in the heart of the College of Charleston.
The Charleston art community is also hosting a variety of exhibitions in association with The Jubilee Project. The City Gallery at Waterfront Park is currently showing their exhibition, “Spirit of Place; Traditions of the Agrarian Home in Barbados and the Carolina Lowcountry.” This exhibition explores the connections between Charleston and Barbados. The Avery Research Center at the College of Charleston is also hosting an exhibition in the spirit of Jubilee. Their exhibition, “Unenslaved: Rice Culture Paintings by Jonathan Green,” is inspired by the Lowcountry’s rice culture. It is free and open to the public.
And finally, let us tell you about some of our upcoming events! On September 11th, the University of South Carolina will begin its commemoration of (re-)desegregation with its opening ceremony, “1963-2013, Desegregation-Integration” featuring President Harris Pastides and Desegregation Committee co-chairs Valinda Littlefield and Lacy Ford.
From September 12-14, the Culinary Institute of Charleston, the College of Charleston and Middleton Place will present the Lowcountry Rice Culture Forum featuring a variety of speakers ranging from historians to restaurateurs. The forum will highlight the influence the rice culture has had on Lowcountry culture and life.
Stay tuned for more events, more information, and more updates. And, as always, we’d love to see you out there!