Making a Way Out of No Way: The Legacy of Modjeska Monteith Simpkins

Historic Columbia Foundation will unveil a new interpretive exhibit at the historic Modjeska Monteith Simkins House in Columbia, SC. “Making a Way Out of No Way: The Legacy of Modjeska Monteith Simkins” will open on Sunday, March 16, 2014. SC Humanities supported this exhibit with a Major Grant in September 2014.

Modjeska Monteith Simkins was an important Civil Rights leader in South Carolina; she was a founding member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in the state and played an important role in the court case Briggs v. Elliott. Her home in downtown Columbia also served as office, meeting space for strategy sessions, and temporary lodging for civil rights associates and supporters. While the Simkins House was preserved following her death in 1992, there has not been cohesive interpretive materials available at the site.

“Making a Way Out of No Way: The Legacy of Modjeska Monteith Simkins” will combine historic artifacts, images, text, and video, while offering unprecedented coverage of the activist and the lasting impact that her life and work has had on the state of South Carolina. On Sunday, March 16, 2014, the exhibit will open, and free tours will be available from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Free tours will also be available on:

Thursday, March 20, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 25, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 3, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 8, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Private tours can also be arranged for groups of 10 or more.

The Modjeska Monteith Simkins house is located at 2025 Marion Street, Columbia, SC 29201.

More information about the Modjeska Monteith Simkins House and new interpretive exhibit is available on the Historic Columbia Foundation website:

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Image: Courtesy of Modern Political Collections, University of South Carolina