Happening: Hub City Press Launches “South Carolina Green Paper” | book reviews

Hub City Press, in conjunction with the WeGOJA Foundation and the International African American Museum, is launching “The South Carolina Green Book” this month.

The volume, which references the essential “Green Books” of the Jim Crow era, provides an illustrated guide to important sites in the state’s African-American history, such as the lunch counter at Rock Hill where the Friendship Nine started their “Jail, No Bail” and the place where the freedom song “We Shall Overcome” was first sung.

Included is the Penn Center on St. Helena Island, Toni Morrison’s Bench on Sullivan’s Island where visitors are meant to gaze upon the Middle Passage, a variety of museums, monuments, historical markers, schools, churches and more.

“The South Carolina Green Book”, compiled by the WeGOJA Foundation (on behalf of the SC African American Heritage Commission), is a one-of-a-kind travel guide for those interested in African American history . It features more than 80 color photographs by Joshua Parks, Digital Programs and Community Engagement Specialist at the International African American Museum.

Buxton Books will present a book launch event in Charleston from 6-7 p.m. on July 15 at the Unitarian Church, 4 Archdale St.

This free event will include short talks from Parks, Rick DeVoe from WeGOJA and Meg Reid from Hub City Press.

To register, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/book-launch-event-for-the-green-books-of-sc-tickets-372141704857.

This event will be broadcast simultaneously. Email rsvp@buxtonbooks.com to secure a virtual spot. An email response with the link will be sent on the day of the event.

To reserve a copy of the book, call 843-723-1670.

—Adam Parker

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