Columbia — Renowned South Carolina artist Jonathan Green will headline the annual conference of the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission in Columbia on Friday, March 28, at the S.C. Department of Archives and History.

Green, widely known for his bold, colorful paintings depicting Gullah culture and life in the South Carolina Lowcountry where he grew up, will be the keynote speaker for the conference’s awards ceremony.  Two signed posters of his paintings will be up for auction.

With the theme “Exploring African American History Through the Arts,” the meeting is open to the public and will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Workshops and presentations in the morning will discuss how to build art education into today’s curricula, how to capture family stories using today’s technology and how to preserve a community’s history. The day will end with a performance demonstrating the evolution of spiritual music – from chants and shape notes to hymns and contemporary gospel – by the Concert Choir of Benedict College.

Registration for the conference is $50 and can be made by visiting the website at

The mission of the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission is to identify and promote the preservation of historic sites, structures, buildings and culture of the African American experience in South Carolina and to assist and enhance the efforts of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History. The 15-member commission includes representatives from

all regions of the state.

The Department of Archives and History is located at 8301 Parklane Road in Columbia.  For more information about the commission and its annual meeting, contact Jannie Harriot at or 843-917-3350.


Michael Bailey
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