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Travelling Exhibitions

McKissick Museum’s Traveling Exhibitions Program

Local histories and culture are an important part of our understanding of South Carolina, but too often these unique stories remain untold. At the University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum, we specialize in exhibitions that tell the story of southern life – its community, culture and environment. To promote greater understanding of the region’s rich local history and the importance of community, McKissick is excited to announce the availability of two exhibitions through our Traveling Exhibitions Program.

The first exhibition, Sandy Islanders: A People of the Land, displays the lives of residents of Sandy Island through photography and interviews, building on the important early work of novelist Julia Peterkin and photographer Doris Ulmann. Creating intimate portraits of Sandy Islanders, photo-documentarian Vennie Deas-Moore examines the Island’s rich history. Her photographs and interviews touch upon early Carolina lowcountry life, its successful rice culture, its time-honored African traditions, and the multigenerational African American families that tie them all together.

The second exhibition available is Dawn of Freedom: The Freedmen’s Town of Mitchelville. This exhibition explores one of the first self-governing towns formed by self-liberated African Americans during the Civil War. Dawn of Freedom draws on historic documents and photographs that examine the relationship between Mitchelville and the Union Army, discussing the rapid development of the community into a short-lived town that featured its own legal system.

Our third exhibition is This Far by Faith: Carolina Camp Meetings, An African-American Tradition. Drawing on striking black and white photographs created by Minuette Floyd, This Far by Faith documents the cultural and religious traditions at seven camp meeting sites in North and South Carolina. As an artist who grew up experiencing these rich traditions first hand, Floyd uses photography and personal interviews with camp ground residents to preserve the history, spiritual fellowship, and sense of community that radiates from this rich African-American tradition.

There is a little something for everyone in these exhibitions, and we would be delighted to share these wonderful histories with your community. Click on the links below for printable brochures of Sandy Islanders: A People of the Land, Dawn of Freedom: The Freedmen’s Town of Mitchelville, and This Far by Faith: Carolina Camp Meetings, An African-American Tradition.

If you are interested in booking either of these exhibitions, please contact Edward Puchner, Curator of Exhibitions, at puchner@sc.edu or call (803) 777-2515.

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