Join the Hagood Mill Foundation in a virtual event as we explore the role of the arts in community and civil dialogue concerning pressing issues of the day. We will have a broad range of guest speakers and a panel discussion with local leaders and descendants of Hagood slave owners and slaves.

The event will stream live on our official facebook page @HagoodMillHistoricSite. We will take question submissions before the event and during the event in the comments section of the livestream.

This program is sponsored by South Carolina Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities; inspiring, engaging and enriching South Carolinians with programs on literature, history, culture and heritage.

The schedule is as follows:

(10 mins) Welcome Ceremony Billy Crawford (Director of Hagood Mill); Pledge & Prayer-Fletcher Perry (Mayor of Pickens), Song- Leon and Marshall James (SC Heritage Award Winners) All in-person

(10 mins) Essay Readings about Sense of Place Excerpts from essays/articles by Mable Clark (chef and advocate for Soapstone Church), Dennis Chastain (local historian and outdoor enthusiast), and Dot Jackson (author, journalist, now deceased). Read by Katie Mann.  In person

(50 mins) Speakers

1. Susan Duplessis/Dr.Laura Marcus Green (SC Arts Commission/Art of Community)
Importance of Arts and Culture in Building Community Virtual

2. Bob Reeder (National Program Director of Rural LISC-Local Initiatives Support Corporation)
On Being Neighborly Virtual

3. Dr. Tom Cloer (Professor Emeritus Furman Univ) From a Historian’s Perspective In Person

4. Dr. Aaron Mair (Descendant of Hagood slave) One South, One America Virtual

(30 mins) Panel Discussion Local leaders from white and black populations in our area/state.  All In person

1. Dr. Kathy McKenzie-Mitiku (Descendant of Hagood slave)
2. Gary Hagood Brightwell (Descendant of Hagood slave owner)
3. Davey Hiott (State Representative)
4. Ken Roper (Pickens County Administrator)
5. Fletcher Perry (Mayor of Pickens)

(15 mins) Questions/concerns from the virtual audience to be submitted prior to event and during event in comments to livestream. Questions may be asked of Panel or Speakers.

(5 mins) Closing/Song Billy Crawford-Closing; Lib Porter, Dan Hendricks-“Keep on the Sunny Side” (Carter Family) All in person

Joshua Johnson will be the moderator for the panel discussion (in person) and the Q&A session in addition to doing the sound. Andrew Mullinax and his company, Take Part, will be the livestream director and videographer. The Hagood Mill Foundation is deeply grateful for their contributions to this special event. The event will be emceed by Billy Crawford, Director of the Hagood Mill Historic Site, Katie Mann, the Assistant Director, and Betty McDaniel, the Vice Chair of the Hagood Mill Foundation. Please join us for this very special event!

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Special thanks to Pickens County Council for partially supporting the Storytelling Festival and the Native American Celebration.



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