Homegrown Heroes

The Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage will present a World War II exhibit, Homegrown Heroes: The Lowcountry in World War II, scheduled to launch Saturday, April 1, 2017. SC Humanities supported this project with a Major Grant in February 2017.

The Morris Center will be hosting a grand exhibit opening on April 1 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. This event will be free and open to the public and feature a performance by the one and only Parris Island Marine band. The Center will also offer children’s games as well as a face painting station, a bouncy castle, WWII reenactors and more. There will also be a special ceremony honoring the Lowcountry’s very own World War II veterans at 1:00 p.m. and a lecture about German prisoner of War camps locatedin South Carolina by scholar Dr. Fritz Hamer, Curator of History and Archivist at the SC Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum. It is a little known story that in World War II, several camps were built in Walterboro, Hampton and other surrounding areas. These camps housed captured German troops, who helped work in agriculture and pulpwood production while American men and women were fighting overseas.

In addition to the exhibit, the Morris Center has teamed up with Butch Hirsch Productions to film an oral history documentary, recording the stories of Lowcountry residents who served and lived during this tumultuous time. Every day, more and more stories are lost to time, and the Morris Center’s objective is to preserve and celebrate these amazing tales through this project.

Other events that are planned while the exhibit is on display include:

Wednesday, June 21  | 6:00 p.m.
Welcoming the Enemy at Walterboro Army Airfield
by Local Historian Elizabeth Laney

Tuesday, August 26 | 2:00 p.m.
The Seeds of the Final Solution
by scholar Lucy Beam Hoffman

For more information, please visit www.morrisheritagecenter.org or call 843-284-9227.

Located in the heart of downtown Ridgeland on US 17, the Daniel O. Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage is a learning and exhibition center dedicated to preserving and cultivating the history, culture and spirit of Ridgeland and its surrounding counties. Housed in a collection of vintage buildings, with the architecturally distinctive Sinclair Service Station as its focal point, the center features ever changing exhibitions, interactive and dynamic learning opportunities, cultural offerings, storytelling and other forms of art.

The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. Established in 1973, this 501(c) 3 organization is governed by a volunteer 22-member Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state. It presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and other humanities-based experiences that directly or indirectly reach more than 250,000 citizens annually.