About

 

The Mann-Simons Site was settled by Celia Mann and Ben Delane – freed slaves from Charleston and subsequently, the property expanded from a hybrid domestic-work place into the spiritual and community center of the neighborhood – former free slave settlements, turned predominantly African American – from 1843 until the late 1970s. Since 1978, the Mann-Simons Site has served as a center for culture and education in the African American community with a multifaceted mission to:

1. Create opportunities for individuals to learn and explore the history of Columbia and diverse experiences of African Americans in Columbia,

2. Use experiences of the Mann-Simons family as a lens into what it means to be an American, and explore how the histories and experiences of individuals are shaped and informed by larger political- economic, gender, race and class considerations.

 
 

Installation Views

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Exhibition Materials

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Community Collaborations

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Opening Reception

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