City of Columbia remembering Civil Rights Movement

Thursday, City leaders and some in the community came together for Columbia SC 63.

COLUMBIA (WACH) - The year 1963 saw major events take place in the Civil Rights Movement, and many of them happened right here in the Midlands. Fifty years later, the City of Columbia is remembering that pivotal period.

The city is making strides to keep the memory of the Civil Rights Movement alive.

Thursday, City leaders and some in the community came together for Columbia SC 63.

The project is a collaboration with six other southern cities to bring renewed attention to the struggle for civil rights and social justice in Columbia and South Carolina.

"So much of what occurred here has not been widely discussed or documented, and part of the goal of this project is to help document and preserve the memories of the struggle of civil rights in this community," said Dr. Bobby Donaldson, a University of South Carolina History Professor.

Make sure to tune to WACH Fox starting Sunday, Feb. 3 as we highlight the achievements and accomplishments of African-Americans across the Midlands.

The following photographs were provided by the Historic Columbia Foundation:

Lennie Glover stands outside the Woolworth's on Main Street in Downtown Columbia. Image courtesy of Cecil Williams.

Sarah Mae Flemming, second from left, a domestic worker who was ejected from a bus on the corner of Main and Washington in downtown Columbia. Image courtesy of South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina.

Matthew Perry, the first African American lawyer from the south to be appointed to the federal judiciary, stands with student civil rights activists. Image courtesy Cecil Williams.

(Fraendy Clervaud and Ivory Hecker contributed to this report.)