Morris Center Keeps History on Track

Upcoming Exhibit Focuses on Railroads and Locomotives

The Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage announces its upcoming exhibit, Living by the Rails: A History of Lowcountry Railroads, opening April 28, 2018, and running through March 2, 2019, at its programming and exhibit space in downtown Ridgeland.

Made possible by a $5,000 grant from the South Carolina Humanities Council, the temporary exhibit examines the impact railroad transportation made on South Carolina’s Lowcountry and chronicles the local history of railroads and the locomotives that ripped and roared their way through the region.

A highlight of the exhibit is a documentary film featuring local noteworthy, retired railroad workers and civilians sharing their firsthand accounts about working for and living by the rails. The film, produced by Dana Rose Productions, connects the past and the present while showing how the railroads changed travel and trade in the Lowcountry.

Intended for people of all ages, including students in grades three through twelve, the goal of Living by the Rails is to convey the importance of train transportation and how railroads, specifically the Charleston and Savannah Railway, affected the Lowcountry’s economy and societal progress. Told through personal stories of locals, the exhibit brings to life a rich period in the region’s history.

 

About The Daniel O. Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage

Located in the heart of downtown Ridgeland on US 17, the Daniel O. Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage is a learning and exhibition center dedicated to preserving and cultivating the history, culture and spirit of Ridgeland and its surrounding counties. Housed in a collection of vintage buildings, with the architecturally distinctive Sinclair Service Station as its focal point, the center features ever-changing exhibitions, interactive and dynamic learning opportunities, cultural offerings, storytelling and other forms of art.