The culminating event of the ColumbiaSC 63 project was the unveiling on March 14 of seven signs along Main Street documenting the area’s civil rights history.
The signs tell the stories of Sarah Mae Flemming, who was kicked off a city bus in 1954 when the driver said she’d tried to sit in the whites-only section; Lennie Glover, a black student who was stabbed at a sit-in; Lester Bates, the mayor of Columbia in the 1960s who pushed for a peaceful integration process; and others involved in historic events of the 1960s.
Two other local signs are at Zion Baptist Church, a focal point of the local civil rights movement, and at 2217 Waverly St., former site of a Nation of Islam mosque where Malcolm X spoke.
The signs mark a turning point for Columbia in becoming more active in promoting its civil rights history. The Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau has been an active partner in the ColumbiaSC 63 project, and the director of the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism spoke at the March 14 event, saying civil rights history is an important component of the state’s tourism efforts.
We Practice After Hours Too!
Midlands Orthopedics clinics are open when young athletes need us most. Locations and hours can be found here.
A Re-Imagined Christmas Carol at Trustus
Watch as five actors perform all the characters of Charles Dickens’ classic story and create a live musical score in a production that had audiences and critics raving last year. Get your tickets here!
Make Your Own Beer and Wine!
Come get started on your “liquid hobby” and help us celebrate our 46th year in the Columbia area. Bet Mar Liquid Hobby Shop: 736 St. Andrews Road.
A Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Carnival
From 5-11 PM on December 31st on Main Street, enjoy rides, games, karaoke, food, drinks and more! More information here.
Ice Skate on Main Street
Columbia’s famously hot skating rink opens Thanksgiving Day! Additional information and discounts can be found here.
Surreal Innovation Salon Now Open
Columbia’s newest total care spa is now taking appointments and offering $10 off services $25 or more for first time clients. Location, hours, and more info here.
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