Fact Sheet: The Green Book of South Carolina: A Travel Guide to S.C. African American Cultural Sites
The Green Book of South Carolina is the first mobile travel guide to African American cultural sites across South Carolina, created by the S.C. African American Heritage Commission to offer residents and visitors from around the world a user-friendly guide to discovering and celebrating enriching cultural experiences across the state of South Carolina.
Launched: April 2017
Address: P.O. Box 1053 Hartsville, SC 29551
Email: [email protected]
Google+: Green Book of South Carolina
Tagline: Discover enriching cultural experiences
- A mobile-first, web-based guide, the Green Book of South Carolina includes sites and attractions from each of the 46 counties in South Carolina.
- Showcases attractions and sites for a diverse audience, allowing travelers to plan their ultimate, customized itineraries across South Carolina
- More than 300 listings
- With a fresh, modern interface that looks and feels like today’s top tourism apps, featuring descriptions, images, categories and map points, designed with the mobile smartphone or tablet user in mind, but easy for laptop and desktop users, too.
- Base criteria for inclusion is if a site is on National Register or has a State Historic Marker
- Travelers can search quickly through categories to suit their interests, such as the folllowing:
- Historic Markers
- Historic Churches (incl. brush arbors & praise houses)
- Historic Schools and HBCUs
- Historic Districts & Sites
- Historic Cemeteries
- Cultural Attractions
- Potential to print and distribute the guide in the future with additional sponsorships and funding
HISTORY OF THE GREEN BOOK
First published in 1936 by N.Y. postman Victor Green, the original Green Book was an African American travel guide to safe harbors & welcoming establishments across the United States, printed until the mid-1960s. This contemporary homage features tourism destinations that impart a new Southern experience, sharing the compelling story of African American heritage in the Palmetto State.
ABOUT THE S.C. AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE COMMISSION
Founded in 1993 as an affiliate of the S.C. Department of Archives and History, the goal of the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission (SCAAHC) is to identify and promote the preservation of historic sites, structures, buildings, and culture of the African American experience in South Carolina. The Commission’s efforts, supported by the nonprofit S.C. African American Heritage Foundation, include preserving South Carolina African American culture through education, the arts, historic preservation and tourism.
MORE ABOUT THE GREEN BOOK OF SOUTH CAROLINA
This mobile travel guide showcases attractions and sites for a diverse audience, allowing travelers to plan their ultimate, customized itineraries across S.C. by quickly searching through categories such as historic districts, markers, churches and more to find the attractions that most suite their interests. With an interface similar to that of a tourism app, the guide features detailed listings with descriptions, images, categories and map points, designed with the mobile smartphone or tablet user in mind.
Spotlight Attractions, Locations and Tourism Districts:
- Mann Simons Site, Columbia, S.C. – Capital City/Lake Murray Country
- Historic Brattonsville, McConnells, S.C. – Olde English District (OED)
- Bertha Lee Strickland Museum, Seneca, S.C. – Lake Hartwell Country
- Southern African American Heritage Center, Cheraw, S.C. – Olde English District (OED)
- Penn Center, St. Helena Island, S.C. – Lowcountry and Resort Islands
- Atlantic Beach, S.C. – Grand Strand
- Redcliffe Plantation, Beech Island, S.C. – Thoroughbred Country
Research indicates that a majority of African Americans in the United States have ancestral connections to South Carolina, and the Green Book of S.C. provides a tool through which these roots can be appreciated and celebrated by diverse audiences across the nation and the world. It provides access and exposure to cultural sites, highlighting the rich depth of the state’s African American heritage.