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Discover Columbia’s African American heritage with Historic Columbia



Historic Columbia and Operatunity Foundation for the Arts are teaming up to present two tours exploring Columbia’s African American heritage this February as part of And Still I Rise: A Celebration of African American Artists.

• Homeplaces, Workplaces, Resting Places: An African-American Heritage Sites Tour, Sunday, February 1 at 2 p.m.

From the Mann- Simons Site, home of Celia Mann, a free-black mid-wife in antebellum Columbia, to the North Carolina Mutual Building, offices of the largest African American-owned life insurance company in the United States, this guided bus tour explores houses, businesses, cemeteries, and other sites important to the African American community. Largely comprised of sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this tour features locations that illustrate important events and littleknown facts about Columbia’s African American community.

• Our Stor y Matter s: Columbia’s Civil Rights History, Saturday, February 7 at 11 a.m.

In South Carolina’s capital city, courageous student activists, attorneys, and civil rights organizations waged a tenacious campaign to transform our community. Facing stiff opposition, these freedom fighters took action and forever changed a city, state, and nation. Explore Columbia’s rich Civil Rights history in this walking tour down Columbia’s Main Street, the site of many sit-ins, protests, and marches where African American fought for selfdetermination and equality.

For more information, visit historiccolumbia.org, or call 252-1770 ext. 23.



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