“Just Sharing” is a series of panel discussions in communities across South Carolina held from September 2023 through June 2024. This project is a partnership of the South Carolina Humanities, the University of South Carolina, and Clemson University. Historians from USC & Clemson will join a local historian in sharing stories from South Carolina’s past. The moderated panel discussion will also include time for audience participation after the presentations.
Presentations at the Horry County Museum will include “How Briggs v. Elliott Became Brown v. Board” by Dr. Vernon Burton from Clemson University, “Reconstruction: Its History, Meaning and Legacy” by Christian Anderson from USC, and local historian Rev. Dr. Cheryl Moore-Adamson will speak on how the African American community has come together in the face of adversity in Horry County’s history.
Christian K. Anderson, Ph.D., is a professor of higher education at the University of South Carolina. His research areas include the history of higher education, comparative higher education, and how colleges and universities are depicted in popular culture. He has written about faculty governance, student protests, college athletics, and Reconstruction Era University of South Carolina. Anderson was co-director of an NEH summer institute on Reconstruction in 2021 for teachers from around the country.
Orville Vernon Burton, Ph.D., is Judge Matthew J. Perry Distinguished Chair of History and Professor of Global Black Studies, Sociology and Anthropology, and Computer Science at Clemson University. His current research focuses on American race relations and community. Burton’s co-authored Justice Deferred: Race and the Supreme Court (2021) was deemed “authoritative and highly readable” by The Nation. In 2022 he received the Southern Historical Association’s John Hope Franklin Lifetime Achievement Award.
Cheryl Moore Adamson was born in Hartsville, South Carolina and grew up in Conway, where she graduated from Conway High School in 1970. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of South Carolina and a master’s degree in health education from the University of Maryland at College Park. She graduated from Duke Divinity School with the Master of Divinity Degree in 2002. Adamson formerly worked as chaplain with Mercy Hospice and in 2006 founded the Palmetto Missionary Baptist Church of Conway, South Carolina.
Adamson has served on the board of the Waccamaw Community Foundation, the Baptist House of Studies at Duke Divinity School, the National Coordinating Council of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, and the Waccamaw American Leadership Forum. She is founder and Executive Director of the Palmetto Works Community Development Corporation, the umbrella organization for Palmetto Kids! Music and Arts Academy, the Palmetto Youth Leadership Academy, and CHOPS Produce, a produce store serving a USDA-certified food desert. In addition, she is the president of the newly established Whittemore Racepath Historical Society, Incorporated, organized to save and revitalize the Whittemore Elementary School, an equalization school slated for demolition and subsequently burned in March of 2023.
Reverend Adamson has been married to Dr. James Wellington Adamson, a retired internal medicine physician, for 47 years. She is the mother of Mary Louise Adeogun and James Jamaal Adamson and the happy grandmother of 4-year-old Cheryl Asua Adeogun and 3-year-old Jordon Adamson.
This program is free and open to the public and will be held in the Museum’s McCown Auditorium, located at 805 Main Street in Conway, SC. To view a full list of programs at the Horry County Museum, visit our website at www.horrycountymuseum.org.