Black History Month is celebrated every February as an homage to the achievements of African Americans who have shaped American history. The idea for a way to celebrate African American achievements started in 1915 by historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African American figures of his day.
The Cherokee County History & Arts Museum’s exhibits reflect how the African American history and culture is interwoven into the local story.
Visit and take notice of these, and other, African American related stories and artifacts:
- World War Two Veteran Frazier Hemphill
- African Americans in the American Revolution
- The Littlejohn Family at the Boyle Jug Factory Place
- Turkey Van Craig’s Racing Career
- The Parker Family Wagon
- Mulberry Methodist Church Artwork and Artifacts
- Rev. Emmanuel Littlejohn Portrait
- Foster Funeral Home Artifacts
- Dr. L.M. Rosemond in the Medical History Display
- Bessie Phillips Dawkins in the Gallery of Heroes
Be sure to complete the African American History Month Scavenger Hunt developed by local Teacher Cadets to highlight the Museum’s African American heritage collection. Copies will be available at the front counter upon admission. Perfect for homeschoolers, virtual learners, hybrid learners, and anyone looking to expand your knowledge of the important role played by African Americans in Cherokee County.
Folk art created by local artists Inez Littlejohn and her brother, Leroy Marshall will be highlighted in the Creation Station folk art work center of the Kids Zone as a part of the Full STEAM Ahead initiative.
The story of Granard High School coach Willie Jeffries and the Dover Brother’s football artifacts are a part of the Mud, Sweat, and Cheers exhibit that also highlights other local football legends and is being reimagined as a part of the Sports Zone Hall of Fame, also a part of the Full STEAM Ahead initiative.
The Granard High School trophy is currently on loan for the African American History Month Exhibit at the Gaffney Visitor’s Center.
CHAPS is located at 301 College Drive in Gaffney. Call 864-489-3988 for additional information.
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