PENDLETON — In honor of Black History Month, the Pendleton District Commission is hosting two photo exhibits.
The South Carolina Archives exhibit “521 All Stars: A Championship Story of Baseball and Community” will be on display at historic Hunter’s Store in downtown Pendleton from Feb. 7 through Feb. 21. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission is free.
The exhibit is based on the 1998 book of the same title, and showcases the Gamecock baseball league of Rembert, a league comprised only of African-Americans. The exhibit depicts the game in its purest form: scrap metal base lines, rotten wood bleachers, teams made up of brothers, fathers and sons, and most importantly, fellowship within the community.
Until Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947, major league baseball was the pastime for white players and fans. Segregated and separated, black players were forced to form leagues of their own.
The second exhibit, produced by the Pendleton District Commission and entitled “Jane Edna Hunter: A Woman of Vision,” will be on display at the Bart Garrison Agricultural Museum of South Carolina from Feb. 1 through Feb. 28. Exhibit hours are noon to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Admission to the exhibit is free.
Scholars have employed words like matriarch, social activist, trailblazer, and Godmother to describe Jane Edna Hunter, one of the most prominent black activists in the development of social services for African American women in the early 1900s.
Born in 1882 at Woodburn Farms in Pendleton and daughter of tenant farmers, Hunter became a nurse, obtained her law degree, and founded the Phillis Wheatley Association in 1911. Built with A Nickel and a Prayer, the association was a boarding house, community center, and job training site for single black women in Cleveland.
The Pendleton District Commission, the regional tourism commission, serves Anderson, Pickens, and Oconee counties.
The Bart Garrison Agricultural Museum of South Carolina is located at 120 History Lane in Pendleton. For more information on these exhibits and other exhibits and events highlighting African-American history, call 864-646-3782 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.