The Center for African American History, Art & Culture

The Center for African American History, Art & Culture The Center for African American History, Art & Culture was birthed out of The Immanuel Institute built in 1889 by Rev. W. R. Coles as a school. We strive to be an educational resource and a tourism stop on the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor.

The Center will be an educational resource focused on a largely unknown part of our local history and culture. It will also be a major opportunity for tourism as a stop on the SC National Heritage Corridor, a vehicle to showcase and enhance the Aiken African American population's involvement in the arts and lastly a forum for celebrating both Aiken's diversity and its sense of community.

Juneteenth Celebration 2019 at The Center for African American History, Art, and Culture! Thank you all for your support...
06/26/2019

Juneteenth Celebration 2019 at The Center for African American History, Art, and Culture! Thank you all for your support!

Juneteenth Celebration 2019 at The Center for African American History, Art, and Culture! Thank you all for your support!

The Center for African American History, Art & Culture's cover photo
06/26/2019

The Center for African American History, Art & Culture's cover photo

Juneteenth 2019
06/25/2019
Juneteenth 2019

Juneteenth 2019

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Thank you all for making our Juneteenth Celebration a success! More photos from the day will be posted soon! Thank you t...
06/22/2019

Thank you all for making our Juneteenth Celebration a success! More photos from the day will be posted soon! Thank you to Eva and @paulhbush for MCing the event and DJ Petticoat for keeping the party going! #juneteenth #aikencaahac #africanamericanmuseum #aikensc #visitaikensc

06/22/2019
06/22/2019
06/22/2019
SEE YOU TODAY FOR CAAHAC'S JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION! 10-3... rain or shine! #aikencaahac #africanamericanmuseum #aikensc #...
06/22/2019

SEE YOU TODAY FOR CAAHAC'S JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION! 10-3... rain or shine! #aikencaahac #africanamericanmuseum #aikensc #visitaikensc

Our Juneteenth Celebration is TOMORROW! So thankful to @cityofaikensc for getting Heritage Park ready for you all! We ar...
06/21/2019

Our Juneteenth Celebration is TOMORROW!

So thankful to @cityofaikensc for getting Heritage Park ready for you all! We are excited to bring the community together for this amazing celebration!

Also, we can't wait to show off what we've done inside the building!

Parking is available at 1st Baptist Church across the street.

Thank you all so much for your support!

#aikencaahac #africanamericanmuseum #aikensc #visitaikensc

June 19 marks a special celebration for many communities around the United States. Celebrated as Juneteenth, the name is...
06/19/2019

June 19 marks a special celebration for many communities around the United States. Celebrated as Juneteenth, the name is a combination of “June” and “nineteenth” — the holiday recognizes when the United States ended its historic practice of enslavement in 1865. The commemoration is traced back to when enslaved Texans were finally told that they were freed by the Emancipation Proclamation - 2 years and 6 months after the policy was instituted.
Come learn more about Juneteenth this Saturday at our Juneteenth Celebration!
#juneteenth
#celebratefreedom #aikencaahac #africanamericanmuseum #africanamericanhistory #aikensc #visitaikensc

Only six days days away from the return of our Juneteenth Celebration! We are so excited!We will have food from Eden's M...
06/17/2019

Only six days days away from the return of our Juneteenth Celebration!
We are so excited!
We will have food from Eden's Ministry, Food on the Curb, Janie's Fresh Fruitfulness, and The Chef Skillet.
Plenty of educational booths and activities from Aiken NAACP, Journey of Joy Walking Ministry, Family Coalition, League of Women Voters, Magic Insurance Agency, Aiken Board of Realtors, Mind Right Botanical Products, Aiken Center for the Arts, Ward 4 of Friendship Baptist, and Judy Reinhart.
We will also have medical personnel to provide screenings and information including Aiken Regional Medical Center, North Aiken Dental, and Rural Health Services.
We will have arts and crafts on display from Terri Jarret Quilts and Mad Scientist Arts Integrationist -- Fashion apparel and accessories by Nicole Simpkins Collections, Gifted Charity Design and Paparazzi Accessories.
Of course we have some amazing talent in JaVonne Jones, Wayne OBryant, Tony Aaron, Chris Parker, Willie Alma Finnie, and Tips Toes and Taps.
The youth will have a chance to participate in our Parade of Flags celebrating the African diaspora.

So many things!!

Parking is available at 1st Baptist Church, Aiken Chamber of Commerce, Fairfield St. and along the south side of York Street.
This is an outdoor event - RAIN OR SHINE!
Bring your lawn chairs! Small coolers allowed - no alcoholic beverages. Dogs allowed on leash only.
See you SATURDAY! #aikencaahac #aikensc #visitaikensc

The Center for African American History, Art & Culture's cover photo
06/12/2019

The Center for African American History, Art & Culture's cover photo

06/10/2019

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Aiken’s Juneteenth Celebration is on June 22nd from 10am to 3pm. It’s an event for the family featuring creative arts, food, crafts, live music and more! It’s happening at The Center for African American History, Art & Culture located at 120 York Street NE, Aiken, SC.

We hope to see you on Saturday June 22nd from 10am to 3pm. Interested in volunteering? Register here: https://www.signup...
06/07/2019
What's Good - Aiken's Juneteenth Celebration

We hope to see you on Saturday June 22nd from 10am to 3pm. Interested in volunteering? Register here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e054bafa829a2fe3-juneteenth

https://upliff.com/whats-good-aikens-juneteenth-celebration/

Aiken's Juneteenth Celebration is on June 22nd from 10am to 3pm. It's an event for the family featuring creative arts, food, crafts, live music and more. It's happening at the Center for African American History, Art, and Culture located at 120 York Street NE, Aiken, SC.

06/06/2019
Aiken Standard

See you at Juneteenth on June 22nd! Email [email protected] if you have questions about vending!

Today on the Front Page our special guest from The Center for African American History, Art & Culture shares some inside to why Juneteenth is important for the Aiken community. Plus, Your leading local stories.

We are blessed and honored to have recieved a grant from the United Way of Aiken County Women's Leadership Council to su...
06/01/2019

We are blessed and honored to have recieved a grant from the United Way of Aiken County Women's Leadership Council to support our Juneteenth Celebration on June 22! Thank you so much for seeing the value in celebrating the Juneteenth holiday! #caahac #africanamericanmuseum #aikensc #visitaikensc #liveunited #unitedway

Aiken's Memorial Day Parade was amazing. Folks came out  despite the heat to show reverance for our fallen heros and sup...
05/26/2019

Aiken's Memorial Day Parade was amazing. Folks came out despite the heat to show reverance for our fallen heros and support those who have and are serving in our Armed Forces. CAAHAC remembers.
#aikencaahac #aikensc #visitaikensc #downtownaiken #africanamericanart #africanamericanhistory #africanamericanmuseum

CAAHAC would like to invite you to our Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 22 from 10a to 3p.*Music *Art *Crafts *G...
05/20/2019

CAAHAC would like to invite you to our Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 22 from 10a to 3p.

*Music *Art *Crafts *Games *Educational Activities and Presentations *Fashion Show *Food *Family *Fun

We still have space for vendors and performers! Email [email protected] for more information.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE!!

#aikencaahac #juneteenth #aikensc #africanamericanmuseum #africanamericanhistory #visitaikensc

05/20/2019
HBCU Pulse

HBCU Pulse

Talk about a graduation gift! Morehouse College Spring Class of 2019 Commencement Speaker Robert F. Smith will be establishing a grant to pay off the Class of 2019's Student Loans so they'll be graduating debt free! What a time to be a Morehouse Man!

You asked and we delivered! Juneteenth is BACK in Aiken!  Mark your calendars for June 22, 2019. Come out to CAAHAC for ...
05/10/2019

You asked and we delivered! Juneteenth is BACK in Aiken! Mark your calendars for June 22, 2019. Come out to CAAHAC for our Family Friendly Juneteenth Celebration! #aikencaahac

Aiken Chapter of The Links, Incorporated
03/19/2019

Aiken Chapter of The Links, Incorporated

The Aiken Chapter of The Links, Incorporated cordially invites you and your child to attend LINK-UP Test Preparation Workshop on Saturday, March 30, 2019. Space is limited. Please register by March 25th to hold your child's place.

The workshop is geared toward middle and high school students to teach them skills related to standardized test taking in English, Science and Math. Topics will cover PSAT, SAT, ACT, & End of Course Exams.

Refreshments will be provided.

02/28/2019
City of Aiken, South Carolina Government

City of Aiken, South Carolina Government

Aiken Award Recipient Lucinda Kenner, a mother of three and grandmother of six with numerous great grands and great, great grands, has been a teacher for more than 50 years. Affectionately known as “Ma Kenner,” she continues to teach students of all ages to this day.

She moved to Aiken in 1960 to teach English, French, and Spanish at then Martha Schofield High School, she taught Spanish and French at Denmark-Olar High School for six years, and then Spanish at Leavelle McCampbell Middle School for 21 years.

She was the first African-American field director for Girl Scouts, where she took pride in teaching girls how to become ladies and to care for and value themselves. She also mortgaged her home for the first location of the non-profit Children's Place here in Aiken.

Take a moment to see what some of Ms. Lucinda Kenner’s notable students have to say about her …

Check out the SC Historical Association conference if you're in town on March 9th!
02/27/2019

Check out the SC Historical Association conference if you're in town on March 9th!

In 2019 the SC Historical Association welcomes Victoria Smalls as our Keynote Speaker! Register now for the annual meeting to hear Ms. Small's keynote "Telling the Untold Stories: Reconstruction Era in South Carolina."

Ms. Smalls is a Commissioner with the SC African American Heritage Commission and the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor as well as the Project Director for Reconstruction Beaufort.

02/25/2019

Care more about who you are rather than what people think of you. There is greatness in you.

Images you WON'T see on T.V.
02/15/2019

Images you WON'T see on T.V.

City of Aiken, South Carolina Government
02/13/2019

City of Aiken, South Carolina Government

We are recognizing African American people and places that have contributed significantly to the quality of life throughout the history of the City of Aiken.

In the 1940s Josie Hazel and Jason Smith were instrumental in getting a pool and pool house built for north side residents. Mrs. Hazel was known as “The Black Angel” for her work with black children and teenagers. She had graduated from Schofield Normal and Industrial School and earned a degree in Social Studies from South Carolina State. She taught English at Schofield and sixth grade at Aiken Graded School. Both Smith and Hazel started fundraising and had a pool built for the children in the neighborhood. It was essential to both of them to have a recreational facility in their community.

Later, in 1963 the Aiken Parks and Recreation Department refurbished and moved the pool and built the Smith-Hazel Recreation Center, primarily to serve the Northside residents. The Smith-Hazel Recreation Center, located at 400 Kershaw Street, was named for Josie Hazel and Jason Smith.

Pictured: Josie Hazel

Source: "A Pictorial History of African Americans In Aiken County" with permission of The Center For African American History, Art, and Culture. www.aikenculturalcenter.org

Images you WON'T see on T.V.
02/12/2019

Images you WON'T see on T.V.

Visit rbgprintshop.com for all the fly woke tee’s

02/11/2019
Aiken Standard

Check out this interesting story about the old Johnson's Drug Store on Richland and Newberry that was listed in the Negro Traveler's Green Book.

The building on the corner of Richland Avenue and Newberry Street in downtown Aiken has been in the news various times throughout the years. However, it has a much deeper historical significance than many know.

To read more about its story: https://bit.ly/2Gx61kJ

Happy Black History Month! Here are 6 heroes from South Carolina’s history
02/06/2019
Happy Black History Month! Here are 6 heroes from South Carolina’s history

Happy Black History Month! Here are 6 heroes from South Carolina’s history

Harriet Tubman and Robert Smalls were among the famous black people who served South Carolina, moving from slaves to activists. Here are some are key figures, leaders, heroes and little known facts to celebrate during Black History Month.

02/05/2019
DeJonique Garrison

DeJonique Garrison

“Didn’t come in this world to be no slave, and wasn’t gonna stay one either!”

Pulled this #BlackHistoryMonth rap out of the vault!
Shoutout to my 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Rodriguez, for always encouraging us to express ourselves!
#HarrietTubman

02/02/2019
Guardian Australia

Guardian Australia

Martin Luther King was assassinated 50 years ago today. This is an extract from his final speech, to a packed church in Memphis, Tennessee, the day before he died. "I've been to the mountaintop."

02/02/2019
Goalcast

Goalcast

"Don't allow anybody to make you feel like you are nobody."

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

02/02/2019
The Left

The Left

Ten years ago today history was made. Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th US President. #OnThisDay

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