Q&A

PLEASE DIRECT QUESTIONS TO CECIL WILLIAMS VIA will2429@bellsouth.net; or call 803-531-1662

Q:: What are the hours of operation?

A.: The Museum will not open until June 24, 2019. Admission hours and policies have not been established

Q.:Why is museum tied to the May 17, 2019 date and why Brown v. Board of Education?

A. May 17, 2019 marks the 65th year since this pivotal U.S. Supreme Court ruling which is one of the major waves of change

associated with the Civil Rights Movement.

Q.: Why is the museum being located in a residential area?

A. Hundreds of museums are located in residential areas and considered to be an asset, not a liability.  Because the founder is architect of the building; the location of the Cecil Williams Museum is actually a part of the DNA concept:upon graduating from high school, he wanted to study architecture but Blacks were unable to attend; he bought a drafting board and designed three homes he has lived in and which housed his photography operation. Throughout South Carolina and the United States, museums in residential areas include: Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, Monroe Street, Topeka,Kansas; Modeska Simkins House/Museum, 2025 Marion Street, Columbia, SC; Martin Luther King - Birth House, 501 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia; Benjamin Mayes Historic Site, 229 Hospital Street, Greenwood, SC; Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, 210 Parkside Drive, West Branch, IA; John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston, MA; Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum, 2313 Red River Street, Austin, TX,; and 183 others. And of course, we all are aware the Barack Obama Presidential Library is located in a South Chicago residential area—Jackson Park. 

Q.: Will there be an admission fee? And what are the hours of operation?

A. Yes, there will be a modest admission fee. Hours of operation have not been determined but all visitors will be admitted by appointment only.

Q.: How many pictures will be exhibited in the museum?

A.: Approximately 350 images will be on a full time exhibit status. This number exceeds all other civil rights museum's display status.

In addition, over 2,000 names of individuals will be posted on a Wall of Recognition complimented by a kiosk which electronically reveals contributions to society.