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Free Sundays Presented by Richland County | Modjeska Monteith Simkins House

Sunday, May 19 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm



Historic Columbia Established 1961 S. Carolina

The third Sunday of the month, residents of Richland and Lexington counties are invited to tour of one of Historic Columbia’s house museums for FREE thanks to Richland County! This month’s featured property is the Modjeska Monteith Simkins House.

Built between 1890 and 1895, this one-story cottage was home to Modjeska Monteith Simkins from 1932 until her death on April 5, 1992. Spread across four rooms, this multimedia experience documents Simkins’ upbringing and career as a public health worker and state secretary of the South Carolina NAACP through the lens of the long civil rights movement. It invites visitors to connect the values of Simkins and her contemporaries to those of future generations of activists while closely examining the central—and complicated—role that the media has played in the struggle for equality.

Self-guided tours are offered from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Admission is free for HC members and residents of Richland and Lexington counties. For all other visitors, admission to the Modjeska Monteith Simkins House is $12 for adults and $8 for youth and may be paid on site. Space is limited so guests will be registered on a first come first serve basis. The house will be open for guests to tour at their own pace, and guides will be available to answer any questions.