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The Museum is pleased to announce the opening of its on-site and web exhibitions:

Readers' Guide to Education


Affirming Diversity
by Sonia Nieto

Teacher as Stranger
by Maxine Greene

Ideology and Curriculum
by Michael Apple


The Museum is pleased to release its exhibition catalog,
Progressive Education in Black High Schools: The Secondary School Study, 1940-1946
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Past Events


We thank all faculty, staff, and students who participated in our 2015 Maxine Greene Salon. This first event without our beloved Maxine attracted the largest group in our 15 year history of salons.


Civil rights documentary received the
2014 USC Witten Award for Distinguished Documentary Film

The University of South Carolina’s Museum of Education presented the documentary film, 40 Years Later: Now Can We Talk?, as part of the Nickelodeon Theatre’s Indie Grits Festival.

40 Years Later: Now Can We Talk? tells the story of the first African Americans to integrate the white high school in Batesville, Mississippi in 1967–1969. A provocative and moving conversation emerges from separate discussions with African American alumni, white alumni, and a third dialogue that brings the two groups face-to-face. Michelle Fine of the Graduate Center, CUNY, describes the film “as a window on American educational history, from racialized bodies to the national body politic. 40 Years Later demands, indeed, that now we must talk.” 40 Years Later: Now Can We Talk?is the first recipient of the Museum of Education’s Charles and Margaret Witten Award for Distinguished Documentary Film in Education.

After the screening, producer Lee Anne Bell and filmmaker Markie Hancock discussed the conception and filming of the documentary. Lee Anne Bell is professor of education and the Barbara Silver Horowitz Director of Education at Barnard College and Director of Barnard’s Storytelling Project: Teaching about Race and Racism through Storytelling and the Arts. Filmmaker Markie Hancock of New York City-based Hancock Productions has released numerous documentaries including Off-Track: Classroom Privilege for All, Echoes of Brown v. Board, and Exclusions & Awakenings: The Life of Maxine Greene.


Standing room crowd for the Museum's film presentation
at the 2013 Indie Grits Festival

The University of South Carolina’s Museum of Education presented the documentary film, One Tenth of Our Nation, as part of the Nickelodeon Theatre’s Indie Grits Festival.

Funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, One Tenth of Our Nation has been described as the first feature documentary on black education in the United States. Produced by the country’s leading documentary filmmakers for premiere in Chicago at the 1940 American Negro Exposition, the film was mislabeled and forgotten until its recent rediscovery. This Indie Grits screening will be the first showing of the film in the South in over 60 years.

One Tenth of Our Nation presents a troubling 26 minute portrayal of black education and poverty—displaying progress and problems of African American schools in the United States. With stunning film work and a musical score written by one the country's leading composers, the documentary illustrates the difficulties of portraying to a movie-going audience the pride of accomplishment alongside the reprehensible inequities of black education.  

Introductory comments were made by Dr. Craig Kridel, Curator of the Museum of Education who rediscovered the footage in 2008, and by Dr. Julie Hubbert of the School of Music who discussed the original film score by composer Roy Harris.


Sallie Ann Robinson

The Museum of Education staged the Witten Lecture and Travelstead Award Presentation in September 2013.


Sallie Ann Robinson, noted Gullah cookbook author and former Daufuskie Island resident, presented “The Water Was Wide” as she discussed her experiences as a student of Pat Conroy’s at the Mary Fields School during the 1969 and 1970 school years. This period of Conroy’s life would be drawn upon for the novel, The Water Is Wide.

Immediately preceding the Witten Lecture, the Travelstead Award for Courage in Education was presented to Charles T. (Bud) Ferillo, Jr., producer and director of the award-winning documentary, Corridor of Shame: The Neglect of South Carolina’s Rural Schools,  in recognition of his leadership in the civil rights movement and the struggle for social justice and educational equity. The award honors the career of Chester C. Travelstead (1911-2006), Dean of the College of Education from 1952-1955, who spoke for the rights of others and furthered the cause of racial integration in South Carolina schools.  Previous recipients of the Travelstead Award include Federal Judge Mathew Perry and Voorhees College President Cleveland Sellers.


At the 2012 Chester Travelstead Award event,
University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides
and U.S. Congressman James E. Clyburn
presented the award to Charles T. (Bud) Ferillo, Jr.


Video presentations of Principal Stonewall Richburg's Public Square Program

Mr. Stonewall Richburg with interviewer
Dr. Valinda Littlefield
Go to: So his voice will never be forgotten

In memoriam
Miss Callisto Bell




The Monteith School receives
a Museum of Education Bell

Karen Starks, Henry Hopkins,
Fannie Phelps Adams, Martha Monteith, Alvin Griffin with the school bell

Mrs. Martha Monteith
The Museum of Education is so pleased to be able to provide a school bell to the Monteith School-Booker T. Washington High School Foundation Cultural Center.

The Hope School, Pomaria, SC

The Museum of Education is pleased to have assisted the Hope School (one of the remaining Rosenwald schools in South Carolina) with the photo documentation of their August 22, 2009 Community Center Grand Opening.

The Bill Ayers Problem

Ayers before his January 2008
Museum Gallery Talk,
"Learning through Life."

Visit our webexhibit as Museum patrons reconcile and reconsider their thoughts towards public discourse and private
actions, growing censorship, and
evolving values and beliefs.
The Ayers Problem


The Travelstead Room Documentary

The Museum continues videotaping its
Travelstead Room Documentary. Pictured: Coleman Travelstead and Dean Les Sternberg after a January videotape interview session.


President Cleveland Sellers of Voorhees College after videotaping.

Professor Jack Bass of the College of Charleston after a Travelstead Documentary videotaping session.
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