African American Lake City Walking Tour Visits Historic Sites

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LAKE CITY, SC (WBTW) – St. Therese Community Outreach and Empowerment gathered in Lake City on Saturday to visit historic sites and celebrate the town’s history.

The historic trail and virtual tour took place Saturday afternoon at the Continuum Community Hall.

The tour included Lake City keynote speaker and philanthropist Darla Moore.

“Black history has impacted my entire life,” Moore said. “And I’m honored to be a part of this and I wish everyone a great day and I hope you enjoy walking around here because I certainly did.”

Darla Moore reflected on her childhood, what it was like growing up in Lake City and the impact of life on her grandparents’ farm with sharecropping families, which she noted as the moments the happiest during a speech.

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Saint Teresa COE cultivates and preserves the African American history of Lake City and surrounding areas.

The tour lasted about a mile and highlighted some of Lake City’s historic sites such as the Robert E. McNair Library and Monument, Frazier Bakery, and PD Cockfield House which will soon house an African American Museum.

The walking tour was conducted on the Echoes Explorer mobile app, which highlights the history of each site. Carlie Todd, Ph.D. in Public History. candidate at the University of South Carolina, helped create the content used for the virtual tour.

Anyone can access the Echoes app at any time to view the historical sites visited during the tour. To learn more, visit the Sainte Thérèse website.

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