Bridging Cultures
Created Equal:  
America's Civil Rights Struggle
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History have developed this special project as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative in order to mark the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.  The project is intended to guide public conversations about the changing meanings of freedom and equality in U.S. history.

The Nancy Carson Library in North Augusta, SC has been  selected as one of 500 national sites to present this film series and discussions on topics related to various civil rights issues. 
Speakers and Events Details
Kickoff Reception with Wayne O'Bryant
Thursday, January 2 @ 7 p.m.
The guest speaker for the program'sHistorian Wayne O'Bryant
kickoff reception, local historian Wayne O'Bryant, will discuss his  
personal experiences growing up in the Civil Rights era. Mr. O'Bryant will also provide some historical perspective on the struggle for civil rights in the United States and locally.

Film: Slavery by Another Name
Tuesday, January 7 @ 7 p.m.

Slavery by Another Name

Slavery By Another Name challenges one of America's most cherished assumptions - the belief that slavery in the U.S. ended with Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation.  The film tells the harrowing story of how, in the South, a new system of involuntary servitude took slavery's place with shocking force.
(90 Minutes) 


Lecture by Joseph McGill, Jr.:
Civil War and Reconstruction
Tuesday, January 14 @ 6 p.m.

Joseph McGill, Jr. is a native of Kingstree, SC and is currently a Program Officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. 

Mr. McGill is the founder of Company "I" 54th Massachusetts Reenactment Regiment in Charleston, SC.  


The 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry was the regiment portrayed in the award-winning movie Glory. As a Civil War re-enactor, Mr. McGill participates in parades, living history presentations, lectures, and battle reenactments.  He is also a member of the SC African Heritage Commission and the African American Historical Alliance.


Film: The Loving Story
Thursday, January 14 @ 7 p.m.

The Loving Story

On June 2, 1958, a white man named Richard Loving and his part-black, part-Cherokee fiancée Mildred Jeter traveled from Caroline County, VA, to Washington, D.C., to be married.  At the time, interracial marriage was illegal in 21 states, including Virginia.   


Back home two weeks later, the newlyweds were arrested, tried and convicted of the felony crime of "miscegenation."  Two young ACLU lawyers took on the Lovings' case, fully aware of the challenges posed.  


The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of the Lovings on June 12, 1967.  This precedent-setting decision resulted in 16 states being ordered to overturn their bans on interracial marriage.  

(74 minutes)  



Film: The Abolitionists
Tuesday, January 21 @ 7 p.m. (part 1)
Thursday, January 28 @ 7 p.m. (part 2)
The Abolitionists
Radicals. Agitators.
Troublemakers. Liberators.   

Called many names, the abolitionists tore the nation apart in order to create a more perfect union.  Men and women, black and white, Northerners and Southerners, poor and wealthy  - these passionate anti-slavery activists fought body and soul in the most important civil rights crusade in American history.  What began as a pacifist movement fueled by persuasion and prayer became a fiery and furious struggle that forever changed the nation.  

(180 minutes)  


ABBE Regional Library System

Created Equal Schedule 
@ Nancy Carson Library
Thursday, January 2 @ 7 p.m.
Slavery by Another Name

Tuesday, January 7 @ 7 p.m.
Tuesday, January 14 @ 6 p.m.
The Loving Story

Thursday, January 16 @ 7 p.m.
The Abolitionists (part 1)

Tuesday, January 21 @ 7 p.m.
Lecture by Ron Roth:
The Abolitionists

Frday, January 24 @ 12 p.m.
The Abolitionists (part 2)

Tuesday, January 28 @ 7 p.m.
Thursday, January 30 @ 7 p.m.

Lecture by Ron Roth:
The Abolitionists
Friday, January 24 @ 12 p.m.

Ron Roth

Former director and CEO of the Reading Public Museum in Reading, PA, and director of the Nebraska Museum of Art of the University of Nebraska, Ron Roth has curated or co-curated numerous exhibitions - from the Patriotic Paintings of N.C. Wyeth  to a major exhibition with international glass artist Dale Chihuly.  


Most recently Mr. Roth curated and designed an exhibition on the history of the Beaufort Volunteer Artillery, one of the United State's first organized, military units for the Historic Beaufort Foundation.   


Film: Freedom Riders
Thursday, January 30 @ 7 p.m.

Freedom Riders

From May until December 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives.  Many endured savage beatings and imprisonment for simply traveling together on buses as they journeyed through the Deep South.  


Determined to test and challenge segregated travel facilities, the Freedom Riders were greeted with mob violence and bitter racism, sorely testing their belief in non-violent activism.  

(120 minutes) 

Nancy Carson Library 
135 Edgefield Rd
North Augusta, SC 20841   
(803) 279-5767
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Wednesday, Friday
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.