reflections on race, religion, history & social change

February 22, 2017

Special thanks to Michael Bedenbaugh, intrepid executive director of the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation, for visiting my Introduction to Public History class yesterday, and for staying afterwards to talk more! Mike's sincerity, integrity, creativity, passion,...

February 14, 2017

Thanks to Joseph McGill of the Slave Dwelling Project for sharing this blog post from our historic preservation colleague Brittany Lavelle Tulla about the slated demolition of an important building in its care in a burgeoning suburb of Charleston:

The building now known...

February 10, 2017

On this Martin Luther King Day, I am happy to add my voice to the chorus that has been thanking the Obama Administration for the announcement last Thursday of the creation of three new units of the National Park system that commemorate the struggle for civil rights in...

September 29, 2016

I was really sorry not to be able to make it to the third annual conference of the Slave Dwelling Project earlier this month in Columbia, although I'm glad that Karl McAlister, one of my colleagues from Francis Marion University and the main caretaker and docent for ou...

August 4, 2016

This morning, Francis Marion University hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Luther F. Carter Center for Health Sciences in downtown Florence, and I'm glad I was there. The crowd was a virtual cross-section of the Florence community and the atmosphere was warm....

May 7, 2016


Today in Banja Luka, the second city of Bosnia and Herzegovina and de facto capital of that country's Serb-dominated half, thousands of Bosnian Muslims and members of other faiths gathered to dedicate the reconstructed Ferhat Pasha Mosque, 23 years after it was blown...

March 15, 2016

I just saw this glowing review of Michele Moore's The Cigar Factory: A Novel of Charleston (University of South Carolina Press, 2016) in the Charleston Post & Courier and am intrigued. It's the latest offering from Story River Books, the imprint of the late renowned au...

February 12, 2016

I was beyond pleased this moring to see this great interview on the website of the National Trust for Historic Preservation--the leading national advocate for protecting the priceless heritage of our built environment. In the interview, Florence native Mrs. Mabel Dicke...

February 8, 2016

If you're like me, then you often find yourself with an embarrassment of riches in terms of good and important things to read online. Of course, there's a welter of noise to sift through, but in fact the amount of excellent reporting, commentary, and scholarship that's...

February 5, 2016

The Atlanta Baha'i Center is not just one small faith community's place of worship; it is an important site in the history of interracialism in American religious practice. While there were a handful of Baha'is, black and white, in Atlanta from early in the 20th centur...

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