Morris Center to Host Opening Event for “The First South Carolinians”

Morris Center to Host Opening Event for “The First South Carolinians”

(Ridgeland, SC) — The Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage will be hosting an opening event on Saturday, June 10 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm in celebration of their upcoming exhibit, “The First South Carolinians.”

This South Carolina State Museum traveling exhibit will take guests of the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage back thousands of years as they experience what life was like for South Carolina’s original inhabitants. These civilizations developed societies and cultures and worked the land long before Europeans crossed the Atlantic in search of the New World. Guests will be able to view a number of recovered artifacts, providing invaluable information about the types of tools, housing and crafts these precursors developed. A “Then” and “Now” activity will assist participants in understanding the similarities and differences between Native American tools and contemporary tools.

This free and open-to-the-public event will feature complimentary food and refreshments, educational programs, and giveaways for visitors.

At 1.00pm, Dr. Will Moreau Goins will be giving a musical and storytelling presentation on Native Americans. Dr. Goins has spent his life celebrating his Cherokee heritage through his poetry, art, activism and more, and is currently working as part of the South Carolina Humanities Speakers Bureau.

At 2:00pm, Christopher Judge, an archeologist and professor at USC Lancaster will be giving a program on South Carolina pre-history, discussing the variety of cultures that developed across our state throughout its storied history. Judge is an expert in late prehistoric archeology with an emphasis on South Carolina and is currently serving as Assistant Director of Native American Studies at USC Lancaster.

The First South Carolinians can be seen at the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage from Saturday, June 10 to Saturday, January 13, 2018.


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.