Voices and Votes

Voices and Votes: Democracy in America

in South Carolina

When American revolutionaries waged a war for independence they took a leap of faith that sent ripple effects across generations. They embraced a radical idea of establishing a government that entrusted the power of the nation not in a monarchy, but in its citizens. That great leap sparked questions that continue to impact Americans: Who has the right to vote? What are the freedoms and responsibilities of citizens? Whose voices will be heard? How do you participate as a citizen?

Voices and Votes: Democracy in America will be a springboard for discussions about those very questions and how they are reflected in local stories.

April 16 – May 28, 2022

135 Hampton Avenue,
Kingstree, SC 29556

June 4 – July 16, 2022

Laurens County
Museum Association

116 South Main Street,
Laurens, SC 29360

July 23 – September 3, 2022

Friends of Aiken County Historical Museum & Second Baptist Church of Aiken

433 Newberry Street SW, Aiken, SC 29801

September 10 – October 21, 2022

465 James Brandt Blvd.,
Allendale, SC 29810

november 1 – December 10, 2022


400 Magnolia Street,
Orangeburg, SC 29115

December 17, 2022 – January 28, 2023

181 S 707,
Cowpens, SC 29330

About the Exhibit

Voices and Votes is based on a major exhibition currently on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History called American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith.

Voices and Votes has many dynamic features: historical and contemporary photos; educational and archival video; engaging multimedia interactives with short games and additional footage, photos, and information; and historical objects like campaign souvenirs, voter memorabilia, and protest material.

Preview the Exhibit

Thank You to our Sponsors:

The exhibition is part of Museum on Main Street, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), state humanities councils across the nation, and local host institutions. 

Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the U.S. Congress.

If you would like more information about Voices and Votes in South Carolina, please contact T.J. Wallace at tjwallace@schumanities.org or 803-771-2477.