Esau Jenkins of Johns Island set up CO Federal Credit Union in 1966 with some partners to serve low-income minorities who were being denied loans and access to other conventional financial services.
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Seeking a new perspective in trying times? Take a trip to Orangeburg to visit the Cecil Williams Civil Rights Museum.
A new mini-documentary series produced by Historic Charleston Foundation chronicles the stories of diverse residents of Johns Island, from civil rights activist Minerva King to farmer Thomas Legare. The aim is to provide educational content to the community schools, while also preserving the island's rapidly eroding culture.
The 1966 Volkswagen Deluxe Station Wagon owned by activists Esau and Janie B. Jenkins had been sitting in a Johns Island backyard for decades. Now, the piece of Lowcountry civil rights history is the national spotlight.
The Volkswagon bus used by Johns Island civil rights leaders Esau and Janie Jenkins is being added to a historic vehicle register that the Historic Vehicle Association will archive in the Library of Congress.
Even in its dilapidated state, the Progressive Club still serves as a civil rights symbol, as evidenced last week by the audience Jenkins had: Joy Bivins, chief curator of the International African American Museum, former Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, who brought along students from The Citadel, and other local residents and leaders.
The photographs were discovered by a team of student documentarians and their supervisor by chance, rare pictures of Johns Island in January 1…