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Benjamin Mays Historic Site Tours


  • Benjamin Mays Historic Center 229 North Hospital Street Greenwood, SC, 29646 United States (map)
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Discover Greenwood's most beautiful home gardens and our very own City Garden.

Saturday, June 22
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 23
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Absolutely Free!

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.

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