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Upcountry History Museum presents civil rights exhibit

Protests prayers and progress2The Upcountry History Museum-Furman University will present a new exhibit exploring the people, places and events that shaped Greenville during the civil rights movement Jan. 18 through June 15.

“Protests, Prayers, and Progress: Greenville’s Civil Rights Movement” is open to the public and free for Upcountry History Museum-Furman members, $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and college students, and $3 for children and students age four to 18. Admission is free for children three and younger.

“Protests, Prayers, and Progress” traces the national stage, but concentrates on the struggles and victories of local civil rights activists during the 1960s. Through archival materials, artifacts, oral histories and children’s activities, the exhibit commemorates the known and lesser known men, women and children who risked their lives for the sake of freedom and equality, and led Greenville into a new era of progress.

The exhibit highlights the work of civil rights advocates who worked to integrate all area of society, from schools, to churches, to lunch counters. Among the displays for the exhibit will be a mock-up lunch counter, and a Jim Crow era “separate but equal” classroom where one side is white, and the other, African American.

Stories of local men and women, many of whom are still active today, will be part of the exhibit as well as rarely seen news footage like the 1960 march on the Greenville airport.

The exhibit will be accompanied by a series of public programs and lectures exploring the social and political current that shaped Greenville’s civil rights movement.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Dana Thorpe, Executive Director, Upcountry History Museum-Furman at 864-467-3100, or visit

Last updated January 7, 2014
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