Created Equal: America’s civil rights struggle

  • Thursday, January 23, 2014

Submitted photo Civil War re-enactor, Joseph McGill, Jr.speaks at the Nancy Carson Library during the Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle series.

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To mark the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the National Endowment for the Humanities has developed a special project as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative: Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle.


Up to 500 communities across the nation will receive a packaged set of Endowment-funded films on civil rights history, accompanied by programming resources to guide public conversations about the changing meanings of freedom and equality in U.S. history.


The Created Equal initiative was developed through a partnership of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.


Joseph McGill Jr. is a native of Kingstree and is currently a program officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation.


McGill is the founder of Company “I” 54th Massachusetts Reenactment Regiment in Charleston. The 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry was the regiment portrayed in the award-winning movie “Glory.”


As a Civil War reenactor, McGill participates in parades, living history presentations, lectures and battle reenactments. He is also a member of the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission and the African American Historical Alliance.


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