Midlands Tech “History Day” introduces free art exhibit dedicated to forgotten children of slavery

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) – In honor of Black History Month, Midlands Technical College invited alumni of the historic Harbison Institute to preview local art exhibit dedicated to the forgotten children of slavery.

The free exhibit by local artist, Mary Burkett will be on display for the community in the Harbison Institute at Midlands Tech lobby through March 10.

Photo Courtesy: Rich Wandover

The MTC Harbison Campus was the site of the historic Harbison Institute, which provided African-American students educational opportunities during a time when options were limited.

After Harbison Institute closed in 1958, its land and buildings were donated to MTC to continue the legacy of providing access to higher education at the Harbison location.

After viewing the exhibit, Harbison Institute alumni ceremoniously rang the original Harbison Institute bell. MTC preserved the original bell from 1882, dedicating it in a new bell pavilion on the Harbison Campus. Over the past years, ringing the Harbison Institute bell has been symbolic of the outstanding educational opportunities afforded the African-American community at Harbison Institute.

Two years ago, more than 120 legislators sponsored a joint resolution creating a Harbison History Day to honor the long tradition of multicultural education found on the site of the Midlands Technical College Harbison Campus.

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