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The Green Book of South Carolina

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The 1st Statewide, Mobile Travel Guide to African American Cultural Sites

Special to Stay in SC magazine from the S.C. African American Heritage Commission

The Green Book of South Carolina goers something completely new to travelers in the Palmetto State: it is the first statewide, mobile web travel guide to African American cultural sites in S.C., at www.greenbookofsc.com. Thanks to a great deal of hard work by the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission, this responsive, mobile-first tourism guide will allow travelers from all over the world to swiftly navigate through a fresh, modern directory of more than 300 historic homes, churches, schools, districts, monuments and attractions in an easy-to-use interface designed with the smartphone and tablet user in mind.

The goal: to help residents and visitors discover the enriching cultural experiences across the state of South Carolina. Every county in the state of S.C. is represented in the Green Book of South Carolina mobile guide, and each listing includes a description of the site defining its historic and cultural significance, maps, directions, photos, tags and more.

Travelers can discover the intricate Reconstruction history that has been unearthed at the Mann Simons Site in Columbia; become immersed in guided tours and special programming at Historic Brattonsville; explore the recently designated national monument, Penn Center, on St. Helena Island; and survey the plethora of historic AME churches and Rosenwald Schools that were established across the state after the Civil War.

The Green Book of South Carolina pays homage to publications that were considered the first travel guides for African Americans in the nation – The Negro Motorist Green Books. New York postman Victor H. Green published these books from 1936 to the 1960s and indexed safe harbors and welcoming establishments for traveling African Americans during times of segregation. Today’s Green Book of South Carolina is a contemporary homage, featuring tourism destinations that impart a new Southern experience, sharing the compelling story of African Americans in the Palmetto State.

The mobile travel guide is accessible via mobile device, desktops, laptops and tablet at www. greenbookofsc.com. Users can search through featured sites based on categories like churches, cultural attractions, historically black colleges and universities, and more. Additionally, users can discover nearby cultural sites based on their location and set favorites.

Historically, the number one source of information on which people rely when they travel is word of mouth via friends and family. Those planning travel for family reunions, vacations and more can add the Green Book of South Carolina to their tool chests for building their ideal travel itineraries.

The Green Book of South Carolina has been in the works for years; it is a culmination of decades of effort by the S.C. African American Heritage Commission. The Commission works to identify and promote the preservation of historic sites, structures, buildings, and culture of the African American experience in South Carolina and to assist and enhance the efforts of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History. The Commission is comprised of close to 30 volunteer professionals from the fields of historic preservation and interpretation, education, tourism marketing, business development and the arts; this group of professors, tourism professionals, activists and advocates includes representatives from all regions of the state of South Carolina. South Carolina is one of two states in the nation with an African American Heritage Commission. (North Carolina is the other.)

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