Greenville’s first black letter carrier, hailed as one of the earliest proponents for a park in West Greenville, is now seen as an inspiration for what is becoming Unity Park.…
“We are trying to illuminate pathways to college for all of our young men so that when they get to their senior year of high school, they’re making more informed decisions about what they want their next steps to be,” said Matthew Kirk, associate director of Tiger Alliance, a program for African American and Hispanic male high school students.
“At the time, Maryland State had the largest and probably one of the best football teams in the country, but it was segregated,” Merl Code says.
“With art, you have a voice, and you decide how you want to use that voice."
“Growing up in this area, we were all family. Neighbors looked out for one another. Children knew they had to be respectful, and we had to go to church and schools,” Mary Duckett said.
“It’s very much a homecoming to be back in the area,” Joseph Young said.
“When I started public school I was bullied very badly. I turned to music as an outlet, and my life has never been the same.”
Jubilee Baptist Church is one of nearly two dozen black churches in Greenville that share a tradition that stretches back more than a century.
We take a look at some of the pivotal moments African American leaders and history-makers that have roots right here in the Upstate.
“It’s about coalescing the past, the present and things about the future,” Chotsani Dean says of her art. “I’m always positioning myself in terms of what I’m seeing.”
“I really took to music early,” Shannon Hoover says.
Banana Manna LLC incorporated in 2010, and in 2016, the company got an $1,800 microloan. Finally, she earned a coveted vending spot in the TD Saturday Market.
Lee Gill's first week as chief diversity officer at Clemson University was marked by student protests at Sikes Hall.
When Greenville schools reopened on Feb. 17, 1970, some 58,000 students and 2,000 teachers and 105 schools had been integrated. But the move was far from seamless.
The Upcountry History Museum and Children's Museum of the Upstate are hosting special events on Feb. 17 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of school integration in Greenville County.