Lexington County History Exhibit

The Lexington County Museum will open a new permanent exhibit about the history of Lexington County in June 2014. The exhibit will examine the history of the county from prehistory to the beginning of the twentieth century and will use text, images, and artifacts from the museum’s collection. SC Humanities supported the creation of the exhibit with a Mini Grant in April 2014.

This new Lexington County History Exhibit will be an important addition to the current exhibits and tours available at the Lexington County Museum and will provide a more comprehensive overview of the history of the area than is currently available. The exhibit will be housed in the Horace Harmon Jr. Exhibit Hall and will investigate the Native American period before European settlement, the colonial period, the antebellum period, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the Jim Crow Era.

The exhibit will open to the public at a special family day scheduled for Saturday, June 21 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to see the exhibit for the first time and to hear a short presentation by the Director of the Lexington County Museum, J.R. Fennell.

For more information about the exhibit or the Family Day, contact the Lexington County Museum at 803-359-8639.

The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. SC Humanities programs and initiatives are balanced, reflecting sensitivity to the diversity of ideas, encourage open dialogue, demonstrate integrity, and are ethical in operations.

Image: A class photo of the Lexington Graded School taken in February 1889 just north of where the courthouse was at that time. They are standing in front of the marker to the Confederate dead of Lexington. Courtesy of Lexington County Museum