Benjamin Mays Historic Site Tours
Saturday, June 2
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 3
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Join Us for a Special Evening of Gospel Music.
Saturday, June 2
As part of the 2018 South Carolina Festival of Flowers in beautiful Greenwood, South Carolina, the GLEAMNS Dr. Benjamin E. Mays Historical Preservation Site seeks to celebrate the connective legacy between the Black Church, its musical legacy to the world (Gospel Music), and the role of this music played in the Civil Rights Movement through hosting an evening of gospel music, “Gospel at the Mays House”.
This special event will be emceed by local vocalist and radio personality, Louise Robinson. The performances will feature these local gospel groups:
- The Greenwood Area Martin Luther King Choir
- Jr., Mass Choir
- The Bailey Bethel Singing Convention from the Callison-Troy area performing bluegrass gospel style tunes.
- Rev. Adrian Wideman of Mt. Olive Baptist Church as well as other local gospel music and musicians.
Born in Greenwood County, Dr. Benjamin E. Mays rose to become an American Baptist minister and civil rights leader who is credited with being “the principle founder of the Civil Rights Movement”.
The site contains Dr. Mays' birth home which was removed from its original location in Epworth in southeast Greenwood County and furnished with circa 1900 furniture. In addition, the site has a barn-like structure that serves as a modern museum and theater.
Visitors will find a large collection of his books, writings, films, speeches, and personal items. The third building on site is the original Burns Springs one-room African-American school, originally located in Epworth.
The yard surrounding the home site is reminiscent of a 1900s era sharecropper homestead that includes a cedar post clothes line, wash pot with rinsing tubs, chopping block, tree swing, old well, an original outhouse, and a family garden. The homestead is accented with a cotton field.
For further information, please contact: Christopher B. Thomas at (864) 229-8833.