Friday event looks at effects of Vietnam War on North Charleston’s Liberty Hill community

The Boys of Liberty Hill Symposium will begin at 11 a.m. Friday in the aircraft carrier Yorktown’s Smokey Stover Theater in Mount Pleasant.

A special panel Friday at Patriots Point will discuss the Vietnam War and the desegregation of Charleston County schools.

The history of North Charleston’s Liberty Hill will be explored, including the estimated 60 young African-Americans from the community who served in the war. Eight were killed.

The Boys of Liberty Hill Symposium will begin at 11 a.m. in the aircraft carrier Yorktown’s Smokey Stover Theater in Mount Pleasant. It will feature three guest panelists from Liberty Hill: Odell Price, Alfreda Levaine and Charleston County Councilman Henry Darby.

Price was one of the five original students to transfer out of the segregated Bonds-Wilson High School into North Charleston High School in 1965. After graduating, he fought as a Marine in the war.

Levaine grew up in Liberty Hill during the 1960s and is the sister of Nathan White, one of the Liberty Hill residents killed in Vietnam.

Darby is the author of “Liberty Hill’s Vietnam Fighting Men,” a book that chronicles the Liberty Hill men killed in the war.

Lonnie Hamilton and Ann Caldwell will perform the National Anthem, and students from North Charleston High will read poetry.

The free event is part of Patriots Point’s ongoing efforts to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the war in Vietnam. It also will be streamed live through Patriots Point’s Livestream channel.