A War on Two Fronts

On March 26, 2020, the South Carolina State Library will host a special presentation on “A War on Two Fronts,” a traveling exhibit documenting the injustices faced by 1.4 million African Americans fighting during World War II. (This event was rescheduled from February 6 due to severe weather.) Dr. Maggi Morehouse, a History Professor at Coastal Carolina University, is the guest speaker. SC Humanities supported the creation of the exhibit “A War on Two Fronts.”

The doors open at 5 p.m. for exhibit viewing and refreshments. For event details and registration, please visit https://statelibrary.sc.libcal.com/event/6360935. The SC State Library is located at 1500 Senate St, Columbia, SC 29201.

Dr. Morehouse demonstrates how African Americans in the 92nd and 93rd Army infantry divisions fought for racial equality during wartime and then went on to be active participants in the Civil Rights Movement. This exhibit shares the stories of soldiers on the front lines and the effects of segregation on their training, service, and recognition. Historical photographs, interviews with soldiers, film, audio, and interactives, tell the compelling story of the life of a black soldier during WWII.

“A War on Two Fronts” exhibit is on display at the South Carolina State Library through March 6, 2020.

More information about the traveling exhibit and how to book it for a tour can be found here: http://theathenaeumpress.com/projects/war-on-two-fronts/.

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 21-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 350,000 citizens annually.