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