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Historic Marker to be Unveiled at Charleston Office

Moore & Van Allen hosting reception immediately following
August 4, 2013

The Preservation Society of Charleston will unveil a historic marker at the S.H. Kress & Co. Building, the new home of Moore & Van Allen’s Charleston office, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 4.  Moore & Van Allen will host a reception immediately following the unveiling, which is free and open to the public.

The Preservation Society of Charleston believes that Charleston is often overlooked as a center of the modern Civil Rights movement, thus asked historians and preservationists to create a list of ten local sites significant to the movement.  The Society then selected five of these sites for permanent historic markers.  The Kress Building, formerly a five & dime store owned by S.H. Kress & Co., was selected for a permanent marker because it once featured a lunch counter that became the target of Charleston’s first Civil Rights “sit-in”.  The marker will be on display at the King Street entrance of the Kress Building.

Guest speakers at the unveiling will include Minerva Brown King and Cecelia Gordon Rogers, two of the Burke High School Students that were arrested after participating in the Kress lunch counter protest on April 1, 1960.  The installation of this historic marker is a part of the Society’s 2011 Seven to Save listing of Civil Right Era Sites, celebrating the significance of those historic sites in the Civil Rights movement in Charleston.

Founded in 1920, the Preservation Society of Charleston is the oldest community-based membership historic preservation organization in the United States of America. Our mission is to inspire the involvement of all who dwell in the Lowcountry to honor and respect our material and cultural heritage. Membership in the Preservation Society is open to everyone.