Black History Month

Black History Month celebrates the many achievements and contributions made by African Americans to our economic, cultural, spiritual, and political development. Every Saturday during the month of February, the town sponsors a series of free events that focus on the African American history and Gullah Geechee heritage of Mount Pleasant. The Town of Mount Pleasant Historical Commission celebrates its 10th annual Black History Month in February 2024! The schedule for the 2024 Black History Month celebration is below. 


February 3rd: Edmund Jenkins Presentation and Panel Discussion with Local Law Enforcement Officers

2 pm at the Wando Library, 1400 Carolina Park Blvd

Sergeant Don Calabrese will give a presentation on the life of Edmund Jenkins, a veteran who became the one of the first town marshals. Following the presentation, five Mount Pleasant police officers will discuss topics including the legacy of Edmund Jenkins, the benefits and challenges of being in law enforcement, and the meaning of Black History Month. 

Video recording of 2-3-24 Event

February 10th: The Plantation Singers

6 pm at Christ Church, 2304 N HWY 17

The Plantations Singers, with director Lynnette White, will perform an A Capella performance of traditional Gullah Spirituals. The intermission will include a brief presentation on sweetgrass basket making. 


February 17th: Songs and Storytelling by Ann Caldwell

6 pm at Town Hall, 100 Ann Edwards Ln

Ann Caldwell will perform traditional spiritual songs and storytelling. Ms. Caldwell is the director of the Magnolia Singers.


February 24th: Historic Phillips Community Panel Discussion

2 pm at Wando Library, 1400 Carolina Park Blvd

Richard Habersham, Phillips Community Association President, with a five-person panel, will discuss the history of the Phillips Community, the new national historic register status, and the process they took to be listed as a local historic district and then nationally registered. 


All events are FREE and family-friendly! 

For more information, contact Kate Miller by calling 843-884-1229 or by email at kmiller@tompsc.com.


Check out the 2021, 2022, and 2023 Black History Month events available virtually below. 

LINK TO 2023 EVENT BELOW

2/4/2023: Presentation about Edmund Jenkins and Panel Discussion with Members of the Mount Pleasant Police Department

2/11/2023: Plantation Singers Concert

2/18/2023: Clown and Magic Show with Balloons (no video)

2/25/2023: Presentation by Faith Rivers James and Songs and Storytelling by Ann Caldwell (no video)

LINKS TO 2022 EVENTS BELOW

2/5/2022: The Reconstruction Era National Park Presentation  

2/12/2022: Plantation Singers Concert

2/19/2022: History of Education for African Americans in Mount Pleasant 

2/26/2022: International African American Museum Presentation and Concert


LINKS TO 2021 EVENTS BELOW

2/6/2021: Scanlonville: A History, The Land and The Community 

2/20/2021: The Laing Visitor: A Look at Some Hidden Black Histories of Mount Pleasant

2/27/2021: History of Black Fraternities and Sororities