Stanback to host virtual conversation with photographer Cecil Williams | Local

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The South Carolina State University IP Stanback Museum & Planetarium will host a public zoom conversation with nationally renowned photographer Cecil Williams from 5 pm on Thursday, February 17th.

“Citizens’ Rights, Citizens’ Obligations, Communities: Conversations with Nationally Famous Photographer Cecil Williams” is a museum community partner, the South Carolina Progressive Network, and the Modjeska Simpkins School.

This program is free and available to South Carolina students, faculty, and the general public. Participants in the Zoom Conversation must pre-register for this event.

Registration is required. Use the following zoom link to register: https: //us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIqf-qgrz0tGNQviOZTa55Xo3bRZG79Xw4w.

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The program focuses on Williams’ extraordinary image of important events in the history of the American civil rights struggle, especially those that happened in South Carolina.

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This conversation is part of a series on the unveiling of the Smith Hammond Middleton Memorial, which honors the victims of the Orangeburg massacre on South Carolina grounds. Williams photographed the February 1968 Orangeburg massacre.

For more information, please contact Dr. Frank Martin ([email protected]), Program Moderator.

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About Cecil Williams

Images of Williams’ civil rights heroes are widely published in books, newspapers, magazines, and in many places on the Internet. They have been frequently featured in television films and documentary programs. An entrepreneur, designer and photographer, Williams is from Orangeburg and graduated from the adjacent Claflin University.

Opened in 2019, the Cecil Williams South Carolina Citizenship Museum, with his extensive collection of both photographic images and artifacts as a highlight, is one of the first institutions of its kind to be founded in South Carolina. It is considered. The 3,500-square-foot museum is housed in a building designed by Williams in 1986, and is a photographic image of Williams and his mentor, EC Jones Jr., from the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s to the present. We offer a rich collection.

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The museum has what is considered the largest collection of photographs, artifacts, newspaper articles, and materials related to the tragic Orangeburg slaughter, a media and presentation center, a community conference room, a library, and a souvenir shop. In addition, visitors can see the civil rights movement timeline and a rich and detailed collection of Briggs vs. Elliott (South Carolina School Separation Proceedings) artifacts and documents.

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