COURAGE Opens at Johnson C. Smith University
November 1, 2012 — The nationally acclaimed exhibit, COURAGE: The Carolina Story that Changed America, officially opened to the public today at Johnson C. Smith University's James B. Duke Memorial Library. The exhibit is on a long-term loan from Levine Museum of the New South, who first created and presented the exhibit in 2004.
The interactive display chronicles the stories of the citizens of Clarendon County, S.C., who fought for civil rights and equality in education in their community. The glorious and hideous moments of the Civil Rights Movement are highlighted in the exhibition through the De Laine family and other residents of Clarendon County, S.C. This exhibit has a meaningful connection with Johnson C. Smith University, given Reverend J.A. De Laine's son, B.B. De Laine, and daughter, Ophelia De Laine Gona, both graduated from the university," said Dr. Ronald L. Carter, president of Johnson C. Smith University. "During the Civil Rights Movement, university alumni played an imperative role as activists for change," said Carter. "The exhibit functions as a memorial and inspiration to the legacy of the university."
COURAGE was first presented in Charlotte by the museum to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision and has also toured other cities across the country, including Altlanta, New York, Baltimore and Los Angeles. Among the numerous photos and artifacts, COURAGE features photographs by James Gibson, whose collection was recently donated to the university. "The board and staff of Levine Museum of the New South are delighted that the COURAGE exhibit has found a Charlotte home at Johnson C. Smith University," said Emily Zimmern, president of Levine Museum of the New South. "It is our great hope that the exhibition will be a source of inspiration and a catalyst for activism for years to come."
The COURAGE experience is open to the public and students during regular library hours and admission is free. Group tours may be scheduled by calling the library at 704-371-6740.