Community Collaboration with Marion Street High Rise residents, Lowcountry quilter Marlene O’Bryant Seabrook and Route to (re)settlement Artist Victoria Idongesit-Udondian

RTRS artist Victoria Idongesit-Udondian with community quilt Code (I)

Victoria-Idongesit Udondian, Marlene O’Bryant Seabrook, and residents of the Marion Street High Rise holding up Code (I), 2016 in front of Mann-Simons Site in Columbia, SC

The late Marlene O’Bryant-Seabrook showing her quilt designs to the residents of the Marion Street High Rise

Marion Street High Rise resident during the quilting workshop

Working with Charleston-based quilter Marlene O’Bryant Seabrook in April 2016, Victoria-Idongesit Udondian constructed a community quilt with a group of women living in senior housing adjacent to the Mann-Simons Site. Udondion collaborated with the community weaving textiles from clothing sourced at His House Ministries, a local second hand store. Pulling from donated denim and cotton textiles, references to two prominent cash crops from Antebellum South Carolina, the community-produced quilt is an extension of Udondion’s quilt hung in the window overlooking the intersection of Richland and Marion streets. The patterns, techniques and modes of display are inspired by the historical mythology of quilts and quilting methods of Lowcountry textiles. Udondion's interactive, sculptural performance confronts notions of authenticity and cultural contamination, particularly as techniques, patterns, styles, and brands oscillate across borders and blur cultural references.

Collaboration with Anthropologist & Cinematographer Joseph Johnson

Joseph Micah Johnson is the leading Cinematographer and Photographer for JMICAHFILMS, a brand created to explore and highlight his unique vision in still life and moving images.

Joseph Micah studied Anthropology at the University of South Carolina meanwhile cultivating a passion for Cinematography. Using Anthropology as a foundation, Joseph Micah aims to capture cultural viewpoints of different societies and showcase how they all relate to one another.

At Historic Columbia's Mann-Simons Site, Joseph documented the residency of LA artist Henry Taylor

Historic Columbia Archeological Archive Visit with Resident Anthropologist Joseph Johnson and Palmetto Curatorial Exchange exhibition assistants

Anthropologist Joseph Johnson exhibiting minerals from the Mann-Simons’ archive

Joseph Johnson going through archival boxes in the MannSimons’ archive room

PCE Intern Corie Brooks taking a look at archive materials

PCE Intern Isaac Udogwu holding archived farming tool.

Woodrow Wilson Family Home: A Museum of Reconstruction

Statements from John Sherrer, Director of Cultural Resources:
"The Woodrow Wilson Family Home is the nation's only museum dedicated to interpreting the post-Civil War Reconstruction period and South Carolina's only remaining presidential site. It focuses specifically on Columbia and Richland County from 1865 though 1877, with some coverage of Wilson as the 28th United States President. Historic Columbia's goal is to use this historic site as a model of best preservation and education practices, to use the site as a portal into which we may better understand various aspects of our shared past."


South Carolina's Reconstruction Period Presented at The Woodrow Wilson Family Home:

Defining Citizenship:
Reconstruction created the framework of American citizenship as we know it today. Before the Civil War, the US. Constitution did not define citizenship or offer any federal protection from misconduct by state governments. Reconstruction-era amendments to the Constitution and other legislation aimed to protect freedom for more Americans. Citizenship became defined as a set of rights enforced by the federal judiciary. Today the courts continue to interpret the principles adopted after emancipation as Americans present changing claims about exercising our rights.

Local Politics:
With the 1868 state constitution, counties replaced the old system of districts and parishes. The expansion of local elections and appointments by the governor encouraged the growth of political parties. During this time South Carolina embraced the ideas of Jacksonian democracy, which put more political power in the hands of the common man.

Denominational Divisions: Reconstructing Religion
About half of the city council members elected from 1870 through 1876 were African American, including merchant
tailor Robert John Palmer. He was also a substantial real estate investor and owned the corner lot at Richardson and Blanding streets, where the Tapp’s (Art Center) building is today. Painter went on to represent Richland County in the State House of Representatives.