Road Trip! Through SC Civil Rights History

Road Trip! a SCETV Know-It-All interactive website allows virtual tours of historical places in South Carolina marking important events from the civil rights movement. The modern Civil Rights Movement began in the 1940s and many changes had taken place by the early 1970s, with the major events happening between 1954 and 1968. The movement involved Blacks, Whites, Native Americans, young and old, as well as churches and non-religious groups.

Because Road Trip! Through SC Civil Rights History was designed with young students in mind, a user gets to make lots of choices. Explore the many features of Road Trip! including: virtual tours of historic locations, ability to download pictures and video clips, using downloaded items to create a civil rights report for class, lesson plans created to standards, a searchable database, a timeline of all civil rights events, a photo gallery, email and contact information for site consultants, information to archival institutions, a reading list and more and you're sure to find something of interest whether or not you are currently enrolled in an educational institution at an elementary or secondary level.

Of particular note are significant sites in Beaufort County. The website highlights the role that local sites such as Penn School, Mather School, Michael C. Riley schools, the Green on St. Helena Island, and Daufuskie Island played in the story of the national Civil Rights Movement.

A very special treat on Road Trip! is an oral history provided by Joseph McDomick, Jr., former Penn Center project supervisor for over thirty years, talk about Dr. Martin Luther King's many visits to Penn Center and how the visits had to be kept quiet because of the threats on King's life.

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.