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Clemson, Furman universities partner to create SC ‘Black Archive’

Gregg Hecimovich, Department of English.

Last updated September 6, 2022

By Tina Underwood

Furman University English professor Gregg Hecimovich is hoping new narratives about South Carolina Black history emerge as a result of a three-week summer institute funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. A collaboration among Furman and Clemson University professors, the institute aims to uncover lost or marginalized histories to shore up the “Black Archive” in the state by enlisting the help of artists, community activists and others outside academia, according to coverage in The Post and Courier. “We can’t smoke a pipe and sit in a tweed jacket in a library and get to the story,” Hecimovich said. News of the institute also appeared in Diverse Issues in Higher Education.

The institute will be led by the Furman’s Hecimovich and Kaniqua Robinson, an assistant professor of anthropology, as well as Clemson English professors Susanna Ashton and Rhondda Thomas. It will take place in the summer of 2023.

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