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South Carolina Historic Treasure to Receive Rehabilitation

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Special to the NNPA from the South Carolina Black News –

Columbia, SC – One of the Columbia, South Carolina’s significant historical treasures will receive much-needed rehabilitation this spring. Historic Columbia Foundation recently received a $150,000 matching grant for the dependency building of the Modjeska Monteith Simkins House, located at 2025 Marion Street. This exciting project will be funded through a Save America’s Treasures grant, administered through the National Park Service, as well as support from the City of Columbia and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of South Carolina.

Owned by the City of Columbia and managed by Historic Columbia Foundation, the Modjeska Monteith Simkins House and Dependency are significant for their association with the life and work of Modjeska Monteith Simkins (1899-1992), a leader in African-American public health reform, the Civil Rights movement, and subsequent social justice movements in South Carolina. Throughout her career as a social reformer and civil rights activist, Simkins used the main house and dependency as a residence, lodging for guests, an office and a meeting space. Local and national civil rights leaders met in the house, prepared lawsuits and stayed in the dependency building while working in Columbia.

The dependency’s rehabilitation will be comprehensive with work being performed on exterior and interior carpentry, electrical, HVAC, and plumbing systems. While adapting the building for use as a work/live space for a scholar-in-residence, Historic Columbia Foundation will ensure that the property’s historic integrity is maintained by adhering to the Department of the Interior’s standards for historic structures.

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