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Civil Rights traveling exhibit opens at convention center

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

"50 Years Forward," a national collaborative Civil Rights traveling exhibit, is now open at Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

Telling the American Civil Rights story of seven southern cities, the exhibit sheds light on this pivotal, and at moments volatile, time in our nation's history.

"More than fifty years ago, Columbia and communities across the nation emerged as battlegrounds of change as African Americans raised their voices and stood firm against the prevailing winds of intolerance and discrimination," said Dr. Bobby Donaldson, University of South Carolina historian and the lead researcher for the Columbia SC 63 project. "It is fitting that we remember and honor the countless men and women who dared to imagine a different future for our country."

A number of the artifacts included in the exhibit are from the South Carolina State Museum's permanent collection and South Caroliniana Library at The University of South Carolina, including era specific political buttons and a stool from the Kress lunch counter, the site of many protests.

"There are so many stories to tell," said Donaldson. "That is why it is incumbent upon us to document and share the incredible struggles and sacrifices that made the Civil Rights movement in Columbia and elsewhere possible."

The exhibit, located on the main concourse of the convention center, is open to the public Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., and will remain on display until Oct. 30.

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