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The Justice for All: South Carolina and the American Civil Rights Movement traveling exhibition is based on the Center’s archival exhibition on display at the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library from February through August 2019. The Justice for All traveling exhibition has several components: interpretive panels, public programming, engagement with local schools, and community dialogues.

Justice for All highlights South Carolina’s largely overlooked chapters in the national Civil Rights Movement. Learn what happened when 20-year-old Sarah Mae Flemming fought for her civil rights in 1954 after she was ejected from a downtown Columbia bus for sitting in the White- only section or when Septima Clark, Esau Jenkins, and Bernice Robinson opened the Citizenship School on Johns Island in 1957. The exhibition shares the roots of the movement, education, public demonstrations, public segregation, voting rights, economic rights, and concludes with the legacies of the movement. It includes panels, digital displays with oral histories and digital collections, and reproductions of historic items. While in Sumter and Columbia, the Civil Rights Center partnered with the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission to hold community dialogue sessions that connected the topics discussed in the exhibit with current social justice issues.

The traveling exhibition will be available to travel to other cultural organizations and public venues in South Carolina throughout 2023. For more information about this opportunity, please reach out via email.

The traveling exhibit is supported by SC Humanities, Central Carolina Community Foundation, and the Williams Company. 

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After an exciting two years of traveling throughout South Carolina, with stops in Sumter, Columbia, Orangeburg, Hartsville, Spartanburg, Beaufort, and Georgetown, the Justice for All Traveling Exhibition is currently on hiatus. Keep an eye out for updates!