FCM | Civil Rights Historical Marker Unveiling and Reception

This March marks the 60th anniversary of one of Florence’s most important civil rights events.
Florence County Museum is hosting an unveiling ceremony and reception for a historical marker commemorating sit-in demonstrations at the Kress department store lunch counter in March of 1960.
The marker will be unveiled in a ceremony from 3 to 4 o’clock on the afternoon, Thursday, March 5, 2020. The ceremony will take place in front of the Kress building on the north side of the 100 block of West Evans St. in downtown Florence.
Speakers representing the protesters, Florence County, and the City of Florence will address the crowd, discussing the social, historical, and personal significance of the protests.
Museum curator, Stephen W. Motte, first became interested in the Kress protests after hearing about them from a museum patron in 2013.
“During that time we were still preparing interpretation for the historical gallery in our new facility. The Civil Rights movement was an important social benchmark in our national history and I wanted a way to address its local impact,” Motte said.
It was then that Motte met Mr. John Miller who, as a high school student and vice president of the youth chapter of Florence’s NAACP, helped to organize the protests in 1960. Since then Miller has been working with museum staff in making contacts, information gathering, and conducting interviews with other protestors.
A historical marker was first proposed in 2015, around the time of the 55th anniversary of the event. In 2017 Florence County Council and the Florence County Historical Society voted to sponsor the marker project.
Forty-eight protesters were arrested during the demonstrations, all charged with parading without obtaining a city permit.
Their cases were adopted by an attorney for the NAACP and were eventually appealed before the South Carolina Supreme Court, who overturned the protestors’ convictions.
For Miller and others, participation in the protests have cast a 60 years-long shadow. In spite of the charges being dismissed in the appeals trial, the arrests are still attached to many of the participants’ permanent records, obstructing employment opportunities, forestalling benefits, and preventing some from entering military service.
In addition to the state historical marker obtained by Florence County, the City of Florence is planning to place another marker at the site which will contain a list of names of the protestors arrested in 1960.
Speakers at the unveiling event will include Mr. John W. Miller, Representative Terry Alexander (D – Florence), Florence County Solicitor Ed Clements III, and Mayor Stephen Wukela.
A reception will be held at the FCM Waters Gallery, 135 S. Dargan St., immediately following the unveiling.
For more information, please contact the Florence County Museum at 843.676.1200.

Florence County Museum | Family Day

Florence County Museum | Family Day

Art Around the World

Saturday, February 8, 2020

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

From toddlers to grandparents, Family Days at the Florence County Museum are sure to offer something for everyone. Join us the second Saturday of each month from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm for Family Day at the FCM. No registration required. Free of charge.
Art Around the World
Ojo de Dios
Museum Lobby
Create an Ojo de Dios or “God’s Eye” in the style of the Huichol tribe of Mexico. Participants will weave a colorful Ojo de Dios using sticks and yarn.
African Masks
Art Studio
Create a mask inspired by West African ceremonial culture. Participants will decorate a basic mask form, adding bold colors and three-dimensional elements.
Koinobori Windsock
Multipurpose Room
Prepare for spring with a  traditional Japanese windsock, used to celebrate Children’s Day. Participants will create a colorful carp windsock for home display.

Florence County Museum | Opening Reception Pee Dee Regional Art Competition

Please join the Florence County Museum for the opening reception of the 2020 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition sponsored by Chick-fil-A of Florence.

The reception will be held Thursday, January 30, 2020 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in the Waters Building, 135 South Dargan Street, Florence, South Carolina.

Awards will be presented at 7:15 pm.

The exhibition will be on display in the Waters Gallery from January 30 through April 3, 2020.

Florence County Museum Public Lecture Series | Green Book Sites

Green Book Lecture Given by Florence County Museum Registrar and Francis Marion University Professor
For thirty years, The Negro Motorist Green Book served as a nationally respected travel guide for African Americans, providing them with advice and recommendations on safe places to eat, drink, sleep, shop, and purchase fuel when traveling in Jim Crow-era America.
Join Cherish Thomas, Registrar of the Florence County Museum and Dr. Meredith Love, Professor of English at Francis Marion University, for a free public lecture, as they explore the history and legacy of The Negro Motorist Green Book and Florence’s “Green Book” sites; including Florence’s most renowned site, the Ebony Guest House, which is still standing today.

The lecture will be held at the Florence County Museum, 111 West Cheves St, on Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information about this and other upcoming exhibits and events, please contact the Florence County Museum at 843.676.1200 or visit the website at flocomuseum.org.

Family Day at the Florence County Museum

Family Day at the Florence County Museum
Saturday, January 11, 2020.  1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
From toddlers to grandparents, Family Days at the Florence County Museum are sure to offer something for everyone. Join us the second Saturday of each month from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm for Family Day at the FCM. No registration required. Free of charge.
Creating with Color
Reverse Rainbow Spinner
Museum Lobby
Learn the science of how our eyes distinguish color by creating a spinning Newton’s Disc. Participants will create a spinning color wheel blends art and science.
Monochromatic Moonlight Painting
Art Studio
Can you create a dramatic moonlight painting with just one color? Participants will use tints and shades of blue to create a nighttime winter scene.
Make Your Own Paint
Multipurpose Room
You don’t need to go to the store to buy paint. You can make it at home! Participants will use kitchen supplies to make their own watercolor paint palette.

Florence County Museum Adult Studio Workshops Spring Series – Charleston Sweetgrass Baskets

Florence County Museum Adult Studio Workshops
Spring Series
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Lunch Break from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Registration Required, Ages 16+
Saturday, May 25, 2019:
Charleston Sweetgrass Baskets
Instructor: Sarah Edwards-Hammond
$125, all materials included, 15 Participant Maximum
All Skill Levels
Experience the art of weaving (sewing) a Charleston sweetgrass basket, one of the oldest art forms of African origin in the United States. Participants will construct a small basket with fragrant sweetgrass, pine needles for accent, and palmetto strips to secure the basket.
Sarah Edwards-Hammond, one of Charleston’s finest Sweetgrass Basket Artists, was taught this unique form of art by her mother, the late Mrs. Estelle Edwards. Mrs. Edwards was taught the craft by her mother-in-law, Mrs. Florence Mazyck-Edwards. Sarah is listed on the South Carolina Art Commission Roster for Artists, she is an active member of the Sweetgrass Basket Association, she has served with the Hand Weaving Guild of American, and the Sweetgrass Basket Cultural Art Festival. After retiring from the Charleston County School District, working as an office manager for thirty-one years, she travelled the state of South Carolina to various schools teaching students this African experience that vividly illustrates the beauty of a diverse culture.
Click here to register  Florence County Museum 

Florence County Museum Adult Studio Workshops Spring Series – Introduction to Natural Dyes

Florence County Museum Adult Studio Workshops Spring Series
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Lunch Break from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Registration Required, Ages 16+
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Introduction to Natural Dyes
Instructor: Kimberly Washburn, Curator of Education, Florence County Museum
$80, all materials included, 12 Participant Maximum
Beginner to Intermediate Skill Level
Explore the range of color possibilities from natural dyes with this hands-on workshop. Participants will explore a variety of natural dyes from plants and insects to yield a rainbow of color. Experiment with different mordants, pH adjustments, and assists on protein and cellulose fibers to achieve a broad range of colors. Each participant will leave with useable color samples in a range of fibers and full instructions for dyeing at home. Beginner to intermediate skill level.
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Spring Studio – Florence County Museum

Looking for fun activities for your child during spring break?  Spring Studio is an exciting program for children ages 5 to 10 at the Florence County Museum.   This four-day hands-on workshop will focus on spring-themed art projects and activities.

Space is limited to 15 students so sign up today!

Register through the Florence County Museum website.


Join the Florence County Museum on
Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 6:00 pm
for a reception, live musical performance, and artist’s talk
featuring visual artist Nancy Griffin and composer Dr. Sherry Woods.

Connections, an interactive exhibit for children and families, explores the intersection of Visual Art and Music inspired by regional plants and local history.

Learn about the Pee Dee region through a large, sixteen-panel work of visual art created by artist, Nancy Griffin. This work is designed to create one overall composition that can be rearranged to shift the larger image. These visual ideas are similarly reflected in a musical composition by composer Dr. Sherry Woods, made of sixteen short individual works, combined to create a different whole composition as the parts are rearranged.

Children and families will have the opportunity to play historic musical compositions on the Museum’s wall xylophone and dig deeper with a Museum Explorer backpack filled with activities to engage with local history and regional plant life throughout the museum.

2019 Imagination Ball at the Florence County Museum

Let your creativity flow at the 4th Annual Florence County Museum Imagination Ball, a costumed event for the whole family. Enjoy an evening of creative hands-on activities, music, face painting, delicious food, family costume contest, music and more. Tickets are $10 per child or $40 per family. Accompanying adults attend free. Tickets can be purchased at the Florence County Museum or through our website.
All proceeds support educational programming at the Florence County Museum.
For tickets and more information visit flocomuseum.org/imagination-ball
Friday, March 29, 2019
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
$10 per child or $40 per family