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Richard Samuel Roberts: An Educational Legacy

January 31, 2017

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Richard Samuel Roberts was one of South Carolina’s most famous photographers in the 1920s and 1930s. His story remains valuable as a historical document and educational tool to talk about the history of Columbia and its African-American community. 

Thanks to a partnership with SCETV and author Dinah Johnson, the Columbia Museum of Art is able to present the All Around Town program for third graders across the state. The program examines the photographs of Richard Samuel Roberts through the use of documentary footage, a book reading, an art project, and of course the photographs themselves.

For the 2016-2017 school year, this project is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional sponsorship support generously provided by SCE&G and First Community Bank.