A Travel Guide to S.C. African American Cultural Sites

Tours

Along the I-20 Corridor

The sea breezes and sandy shores of coastal South Carolina offer a great escape. You can enrich your drive to the coast by discovering places off of the beaten path that tell a more complete story of South Carolina. This trail suggests African American cultural sites to visit along your way to Atlantic Beach, an enclave just north of Myrtle Beach, following Interstate 20 from the Georgia border through the heart of the state, then onto U.S. 76 and U.S. 501. Whether you visit a few or all, your journey will be enhanced by discovering more of South Carolina.

Flights of Fancy

The contributions of African Americans to South Carolina (and to the United States) span all disciplines, including science and technology. Discover the state’s leading African American figures in aeronautics and astronomy by visiting sites built in their honor. It’s best to make arrangements before you travel, because some of these attractions are available by appointment only.

Reconstruction in South Carolina

For 12 years in South Carolina, newly emancipated African Americans enjoyed a level of citizenship and freedom that had been denied them for almost two centuries. The towns, farmsteads, villages, churches and schools they built with this new-found freedom helped shape a distinctive culture that still influences every day life here. Vestiges of that period are preserved and shared as attractions. Below is a list of Reconstruction-era stops you can build into your itinerary on your next trip to South Carolina.