How the BDC Celebrated Black History Month

The Library system emphasizes our holdings about African American history annually in February. However, the BDC makes it a practice to always collect and share our holdings on the role of African Americans in the history, culture, and environment of this wonderful place in which we live. What makes Beaufort District unique is the integral contribution that African Americans have made in and to this place over the past 300 years.

Here's a recap of what the Beaufort District Collection did to celebrate African American History during February:

We taught the basics of African American Genealogy and introduced a full class to the joys (and vicissitudes) of the Ancestry Library Edition family history database at Hilton Head Branch Library on Feb. 2nd.

We posted several new bibliographies of materials the Library shares (concentrating on resources in the BDC, of course!) on topics in Black American history: Penn School; Black Civil War Soldiers and Sailors; and Teaching the Freedmen.

We updated online resources lists about Harriet Tubman; Laura Towne; Charlotte Forten; Rachel Mather; and Mitchelville.

We highlighted Black History Month in this blog throughout February.

We mounted a display themed "African Americans in the Civil War" in the Research Room.

About the Author

Grace Cordial has been responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Beaufort District Collection at the Beaufort County Library since 1999.  The Beaufort District Collection exists to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history, culture, and environment of our part of the South Carolina lowcountry.  Besides the research room, Cordial manages the “Virtual BDC:” the BDC web pages, the Online Obituary Index, two digital collections, a new BDC.BCL Facebook page, and the Connections blog.  
Among her duties is to coordinate or present programs about local history, Gullah culture, and our coastal environment, including occasional instructional sessions about how to perform historical and/or genealogical research.