Lake City African American History Trail and Virtual Tour

Saint Teresa Community Outreach and Empowerment (STCOE) has developed a Lake City African American History Trail Virtual Tour, the first one ever implemented in Lake City. A kick-off event will take place on Saturday, October 22, 2022 from 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. SC Humanities supported this program with a Growth Grant. Funding for the Growth Grants has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

Lake City has a rich legacy of African American history, which lives on at historical sites and in oral histories and cultural traditions. The African American History Trail and Virtual Tour highlights some of Lake City’s historic African American sites while telling the unique story that Lake City contributed to African American history in the state and nation. Some featured sites include: the Bronze Huey Cooper statue, the P.D. Cockfield House, Whitehead Infirmary Building, Ronald E. McNair Library and Monument, Carver High School, the Lynching of Frazier Baker HIstorical Marker, Greater St. James A.M.E Church, and Frazier Baker Post Office.

Join Saint Teresa Community Outreach and Empowerment (STCOE) on the innaugural walk on Saturday, October 22, 2022 at 12:30 p.m. Meet at the Continnum Community Room (208 West Main Street, Lake City, SC 29560). Participants should be prepared to walk by wearing comfortable walking shoes and bringing water bottles. The entire tour encompasses approximately 1 mile. The event is free, but entry is limited to the first 75 people to arrive at the event. Light refreshments will be provided after the walk returns to the community room. Covid 19 precautions are suggested.

The Walking Tour will be soon be available on the Echoes Explorer mobile app, free and with no ads.

The mission of Saint Teresa Community Outreach and Empowerment (STCOE) is to cultivate and preserve the African-American history of Lake City and Surrounding areas through outreach programs and activities that seek to engage, empower, and create systemic change. Learn more:

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 20-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.