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


Separate Is NOT Equal – the Briggs vs. Elliott Tour

In 1951, the case Briggs vs. Elliott was tried in U .S. District Court in Charleston as families in Clarendon County, South Carolina, sought to end segregation in public schools.  While the justices ruled against the parents 2-1, the dissenting opinion written by Judge Julius Waties Waring became part of the Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka, KS, a landmark case before the U.S. Supreme Court that outlawed segregated public schools in the country. This tour features the churches, homes, businesses, sites and buildings utilized by the 22 families in Clarendon County who developed the original Briggs petition and laid the foundation for significant social change in the United States.