A Place to Worship: African-American Camp Meetings in the Carolinas – Millennium Magazine Columbia SC News

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Published on August 16th, 2018 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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A Place to Worship: African-American Camp Meetings in the Carolinas

Minuette Floyd, a professor of Art Education at the University of South Carolina in the School of Visual Art and Design will have her book entitled A Place to Worship:  African-American Camp Meetings in the Carolinas released by USC Press this month.   Camp Meetings are outdoor religious meetings that have taken place annually, usually in rural communities.

This book is an illustrated, intimate portrait of the culture, traditions and history of the camp meeting in the lives of rural African-Americans in both North and South Carolina.   Floyd began researching and documenting this religious tradition when she realized that there was not much information published on African-American camp meetings.  She grew up attending camp meetings as a child and returned to the tradition after accepting a tenure track position at USC.  She has spent the past 17 years attending and documenting seven camp meetings located in both North Carolina and South Carolina through photographs, video and oral interviews.

She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the South Carolina Humanities Council, and the South Carolina Arts Commission to compile her photographic documentary based on African-American Camp Meeting Traditions. Her interactive exhibition which consists of 42 large black and white photographs and has been displayed at the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage in Ridgeland (2017), SC, Martha’s Vineyard Museum in Edgartown,Massachusetts, (2016), the Charlotte Museum of History in North Carolina (2010), the Moore Methodist Center at St. Simon’s Island (2010), Georgia, and the McKissick Museum (2008) at the University of South Carolina.

To obtain more information about renting this exhibit, you may contact Kate Crosby, Curator of Exhibitions at the McKissick Museum of Art at (803) 777-7251.

Her  book will be available from online and local retailers and from USC Press at 800-768-2500.

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