Congressman James E. Clyburn

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August 03, 2021

COLUMBIA, SC – Today, Congressman James E. Clyburn announced the National Park Service will award nearly $3 million to seven projects in South Carolina to help preserve the sites and history related to the African American struggle for equality. These awards are part of $15 million in African American Civil Rights Grant Program awards allocated to 53 projects across 20 states

“I applaud the National Park Service for supporting the preservation of important civil rights sites across the country,” said Congressman Clyburn. “Each of the projects funded in South Carolina tells the story of a different chapter in the struggle for racial equality in our state and our nation. The preservation of these sites will help future generations learn from our complicated past and help us strive for a ‘more perfect union’ moving forward.”

Below is a list of the African American Civil Rights Grant Program projects in South Carolina receiving funding:

Location Project Title Funding Amount
Edisto Island, SC Historic Hutchinson House Final Phase of Restoration $171,512
Hilton Head Island, SC Three Properties, Three Lenses: Reconnecting with Critical Aspects of the African American Struggle for and Achievement of Civil Rights During the Reconstruction Era $487,088
Orangeburg, SC Preservation and Repair of Historic Trinity United Methodist Church: Phase III $500,000
West Columbia, SC Brookland Lakeview Empowerment Center (BLEC) - Roof Replacement Project $321,226
Orangeburg, SC Preservation of All-Star Bowling Lanes $500,000
Columbia, SC Booker T. Washington High School Auditorium Building $500,000
Sumter, SC Lincoln High School Civil Rights Preservation Project $500,000
Total   $2,979,826

There is $16 million available in the next round of National Park Service grants for African American Civil Rights projects through this program. Applications will open again this fall. Visit for more information.