COURAGE: The Carolina Story that Changed America



About the Exhibit

The nationally acclaimed exhibit, “COURAGE: The Carolina Story that Changed America,” officially opened to the public on Nov. 1, 2012, at Johnson C. Smith University’s James B. Duke Memorial Library. The exhibit is on a long-term loan from the Levine Museum of the New South.

The interactive display chronicles the stories of the citizens of Clarendon County, S.C., who fought for civil rights and equality in education in their community. The glorious and hideous moments of the Civil Rights Movement are highlighted in the exhibition through the De Laine family and other residents of Clarendon County, S.C.

The exhibit first came to Charlotte to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision and has also toured other institutions and cities across the country. "COURAGE" includes photography by James Gibson, whose collection was also donated to the University.

James B. Duke Memorial Library

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