UofSC signs new deal with NPS to expand civil rights story


COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – The Center for Civil Rights History and Research at the University of South Carolina is partnering with the National Park Service (NPS) to expand the history of civil rights in South Carolina.

With the new five-year agreement, the center will receive $3.4 million to expand the center’s existing work in civil rights education and scholarly research, including support for exhibitions and programming at venues. of South Carolina in the NPS African American Civil Rights Network.

“I am thrilled to join the Center for Civil Rights History and Research in advancing much-needed research to deepen our understanding of the pivotal moments and people of the American civil rights movement. Together will work to preserve and promote often overlooked contributions to American civil rights here in South Carolina and serve as a national model for interdisciplinary work in civil rights history, research and education,” said Chuck Sams, director of the National Park Service.

The center plans to serve as a resource for landowners, community leaders and organizations interested in joining the network in South Carolina.

Congress established the African-American Civil Rights Network in 2017 to produce and distribute educational materials relating to the African-American civil rights movement. The network includes historic sites, museums, libraries and interpretive programs.

“This cooperative agreement and partnership is transformative for our university,” Donaldson said. “This partnership will expand the capacity of our staff and provide the center with additional resources to assist historic sites, museums, archives and educational institutions in the South.”

The NPS has assisted the center with several federal scholarships, including $100,000 for a summer teacher training institute in 2017.

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