South Carolina African-American History Monument (Columbia, SC)

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Title

South Carolina African-American History Monument (Columbia, SC)

Subject

Subject (Topic)
African American history
American South
Public art
Public sculpture
Slave ships--History
Slavery
South Carolina--History

Subject (Object Type)
Commemorative sculpture

Description

Two semicircular gray granite walls, inlaid with twelve bronze panels illustrating 300 years of African American history, frame an obelisk and pedestal. The twelve scenes of African American history include images of the Middle Passage, an African American family on an auction block, slaves working in a field, men and women celebrating the Emancipation Proclamation, the Jim Crow era, the Great Migration, and images of contemporary African Americans’ important contributions to engineering, law education, sports, politics, and space exploration. At the base of the monument’s obelisk are four rubbing stones from regions of Africa where slaves were captured - Senegal, Sierra Leone, the Republic of Congo, and Ghana. In front of the memorial, Dwight included a bronze cast of the famous print of the British slave ship Brookes (1787).

Creator

Dwight, Ed, 1933-

Date

Dedicated: March 29, 2001

Contributor

African American History Monument Commission; South Carolina Arts Commission; State House Committee; Citizens' Advisory Committe; Design Committee; Fundraising Committee; and private donors.

Rights

South Carolina State House, 1100 Gervais Street, Columbia, South Carolina, 29201, United States

Format

JPEG

Language

English

Type

Visual Arts-Sculpture

Coverage

South Carolina State House Grounds, 1100 Gervais Street, Columbia, South Carolina, 29201, United States

Alternative Title

African American History Monument

Has Part

Bronze plaque on front of monument:
African American History Monument
Dedicated - 2001
Ed Dwight - Sculptor

Bronze plaque on back of monument:
South Carolina African-American History Monument
Dedicated to the people of South Carolina

Monument Commission
Chairman
Senator Glenn F. McConnell
Vice-Chairman
Representative Gilda Cobb-Hunter
Senator John E. Courson
Senator Robert Ford
Senator Darrell Jackson
Senator McKinley Washington, Jr.
Representative Daniel T. Cooper
Representative James S. Klauber
Representative John L. Scott, Jr.
Honorable Jesse Washington, Jr.

State House Committee
Senator J. Verne Smith, Chairman

Citizen's Advisory Committe
Dr. Mac Arthur Goodman, Chairman

Design Committee
Dr. Terry K. Hunter, Chairman
Dr. Henry G. Michaux
Mr. James Wakefield

Fundraising Committee
Governor Jim Hodges, Honorary Chairman
Mr. John S. Rainey, Chairman
Ms. Juanita W. Brown, Co-Chairman
Mr. E. Perry Palmer, Co-Chairman

Extent

Obelisk and pedestal: 276 in. (701.04 cm.)

Medium

Granite; Bronze

Bibliographic Citation

Botsch, Carol Sears. “The African-American Monument.” African Americans and South Carolina: History, Politics, and Culture. University of South Carolina-Aiken. Accessed April 15, 2019, https://polisci.usca.edu/aasc/African-AmericanMonument.htm.

Davenport, Jim. “A Slave Memorial Now Stands Amid State's Tributes to Confederacy.” Los Angeles Times. Accessed April 15, 2019, https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2001-mar-25-mn-42494-story.html.

Rights Holder

Renée Ater

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Sculpture

Physical Dimensions

Obelisk and pedestal: 276 in. (701.04 cm.)

Citation

Dwight, Ed, 1933-, “South Carolina African-American History Monument (Columbia, SC),” Contemporary Monuments to the Slave Past, accessed September 25, 2020, https://www.slaverymonuments.org/items/show/1133.

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