Jubilee Project celebrates freedom with variety of events
The Jubilee Project is an ongoing collaborative enterprise that celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of public education in South Carolina and other key events, both of 1863 and of the civil rights movement in 1963.
The project spun off of the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World program’s “Civil War: Global Conflict” commemoration and involves the College of Charleston, the city of Charleston and various public and private organizations.
This month, the Jubilee celebration continues with three key events:
Beginning Tuesday, the College of Charleston’s Addlestone Library presents a second-floor display celebrating the life and achievements of writer-activist W.E.B. Du Bois, who helped found the NAACP and died in Ghana on Aug. 27, 1963.
The College’s Avery Research Center hosts an opening reception for the exhibition “Unenslaved: Rice Culture Paintings by Jonathan Green,” featuring a new body of work inspired by the Carolina Lowcountry rice culture and Green’s involvement in the Lowcountry Rice Project. The exhibition runs until Dec. 15. The reception, scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, is free and open to the public.
The College of Charleston hosts a panel discussion, 4 p.m. Friday in Randolph Hall’s Alumni Hall, called “Charleston: Holy City and/or Slavery Central.” Panelists Joseph McGill of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Joe Kelly of the College’s Department of English (author of “America’s Longest Siege: Charleston, Slavery, and the Slow March toward Civil War”) and Mark Berry of the College Publications team (author of an article on Col. John C. Fremont) will discuss the anomalous and complicated history of Charleston as a city dedicated to religious freedoms but dependent on racial slavery. McGill will spend the night at 161/2 Glebe St. as part of the Slave Dwelling Project, which raises awareness of the ways in which blacks lived while enslaved (see https://www.facebook.com/TheSlaveDwellingProject).
Jubilee events continue in September:
Claflin University in Orangeburg will host a four-panel symposium in recognition of the 50th anniversary of public school desegregation in South Carolina, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 4. The symposium is free and open to the public.
A community sing with Ysaye M. Barnwell of Sweet Honey in the Rock fame is planned for 7-9 p.m. Sept. 5 at Central Baptist Church, 26 Radcliffe St. The workshop will be conducted in the oral tradition, so you don’t have to read music or have any musical training. For tickets, which cost $12 in advance only, contact Paul Garbarini, 708-4483, email@example.com.
The City Gallery at Waterfront Park opens its new exhibit, “The Barbados Chattel House,” 5 p.m. Sept. 6, in conjunction with the MOJA Arts Festival. The exhibit will show the evolution of the Barbados slave house, from its rudimentary origins to its iconic form. Similar slave houses and house forms from the Lowcountry also will be featured. The exhibition runs until Oct. 6 and includes two associated events: a panel discussion on slave dwellings at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at the American College of the Building Arts, 21 Magazine St., and a public lecture on Barbados architecture by Henry Fraser, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at Founders Hall, Charles Towne Landing, 1500 Old Towne Road, West Ashley.
The University of South Carolina kicks off on Sept. 11 its year-long commemoration of its desegregation in 1963 with an opening ceremony featuring President Harris Pastides and Desegregation Committee co-chairs Valinda Littlefield and Lacy Ford. For details about “1963-2013, Desegregation-Integration” programming, contact Littlefield at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Lowcountry Rice Culture Forum runs Sept. 12-14 and features a variety of historians, cultural geographers, authors, rice farmers and restaurateurs. The forum, hosted by the Culinary Institute of Charleston, the College of Charleston and Middleton Place, aims to share research and show how Lowcountry rice production influenced culture, customs, environment, social behavior and the economy. Registration costs $125. For more details, visit www.lowcountryriceculture.org/RiceForum2013.html.
For more information about the Jubilee Project, go to http://jubileeprojectsc.wordpress.com/.