Civil Rights Movement Tour
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Civil Rights Movement Tour

DAY 1


Morning:

Visit Allen University & Benedict College, where the campaign to desegregate Columbia began on February 14 – 15, 1960. Tour Chapelle Hall, located in the historic district of Allen University. The building was designed by John Anderson Lankford. Project Manager, William Robinson quotes, "He was one of the first licensed black architects in the United States." Completed in 1925, Chapelle Hall was the largest gathering place for African Americans in the city of Columbia.

Benedict College, founded in 1870 by Rhode Island native Mrs. Bathsheba Benedict hosts a long history of high achievers and distinguished graduates including Modjeska Simkins, often referred to as the “Mother of the South Carolina Civil Rights Movement”
Suggested Tour Times: 2 Hours

Lunch:

Enjoy lunch at one of these lovely campuses or one of the surrounding off campus restaurants

Afternoon:

Tour the home of Modjeska Monteth Simkins considered to be the matriarch of South Carolina’s Civil Rights Movement lived at 2025 Marion Street, Columbia, SC from 1932 until her death in 1992. The one story cottage was built between 1890 & 1895. Mrs. Simkins opened her home as use for lodging & meeting space for local and national civil rights leaders.
2 or 3 Hours

Dinner:

Relax and unwind with a great dinner at the Blue Marlin Restaurant, located in the Congaree Vista in the historic 1904 Seaboard Air Line Passenger Depot, which is on the National Historic Registry. Many delightful hotels await and welcome the arrival of motorcoach guests within the region.

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DAY 2


Morning:

Experience a Free guided tour of the SC State House, The Capital Building of South Carolina. Its intriguing history is showcased by way of both a guided tour as well as a historical film shown in the State House Theater Take a walk in the same footsteps where thousands have rallied on behalf of civil rights. Visit the African American History Monument, the first monument of its kind to be on a nation’s statehouse grounds. The monument, reflecting and recapturing the rich history of African Americans and their contributions to the state was dedicated on March 29, 2001.

The State House Gift Shop makes an excellent stop to purchase an array of items reminiscent of South Carolina to help commemorate a lovely trip to the capitol.

Building tour only, 2 hours
Building & Grounds 2 ½ to 3 hours.

Lunch:

Enjoy a tasty lunch in Columbia’s oldest restaurant dating back to 1788. Villa Tronco is full of local history. This World War II-era spot is the oldest restaurant that can confirm continuous operation in a state that dates back to 1788.
1 Hour

To reserve this sample itinerary along with comfortable accommodations
Or to create a custom tour, please contact:
Julie Colson, Director of Sales & Group Tours at 803-781-5940 x 3

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