Courage tells the story of the brave citizens of Clarendon County, SC, who brought the first of 5 lawsuits that would challenge racial segregation and lead to the landmark Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education. Through the personal stories of Rev. J.A. De Laine, his family, community members, and legal champions, we learn about the sacrifices ordinary people made to advance civil rights.
The highly interactive exhibition features dioramas of Rev. De Laine’s fire-bombed church, sets of separate and unequal classrooms, replicas of the dolls used in the famous doll experiment, warphones to listen to the arguments of the 2 legal teams during the Brown v. Board of Education landmark case, and podiums inviting participants to engage in their own debates.
Participants will get a sense of the hardships and inequalities during that time and the tremendous courage ordinary people showed in changing American laws that uphold the equal rights we all enjoy today.
The exhibition shows how the civil rights movement blossomed after Brown, and leads visitors to interactive areas to explore “Where is courage needed today?”