"African American history is culturally rich and important to our state. We need to do a better job of recognizing this. The mixing of the two cultures made our state what it is."
....Quote from the Governor's Task Force on Historic Preservation, May 2000.


Preserving Our Places In History Awards 2017

In order to encourage the preservation of the African American experience in SC, the SCAAHC has established annual recognition awards.

To see award recipients from prior years, visit THIS LINK.

Awards presented at the 2018 SCAAHC Annual Meeting are pictured below.

2017 Preserving Our Places in History Awards Recipients (l-r): Terry James, accepting for Mabel James Dickey, Jannie Harriot, accepting for Senator Vincent Sheheen, WMBF News (Ashley Talley and Christel Bell), Natalie and Ron Daise (Gullah Geechee Wisdom Cards), Enfinitee R. Irving, Dr. Barbara Williams Jenkins. Not pictured: Natonne E. Kemp ("There is Something About Edgefield").

The South Carolina African American Heritage Commission also presented its inaugural "Preserving our Places in History Legislator of the Year" award to Sen. Vincent Sheheen of Camden, representing the 27th District (picture below). Sen. Sheheen was instrumental in securing funding in fiscal year 2016-17 for the Commission's heritage tourism project, which culminated in the development of the Green Book of South Carolina, the state's first online travel guide to African American historic places in South Carolina. The Green Book lists more than 300 sites associated with African American history including markers, districts, churches, schools, historic sites, cemeteries, museums and cultural attractions.