Students, teachers, faculty
The creation of such a historical marker was made possible by the College of Charleston’s 250th Anniversary Historical Documentation Committee. Committee members and students Keyasia Pride and Grayson Harris joined President Hsu in revealing the marker Thursday afternoon. The committee also included English professor Julia Eichelberger, Executive Director of Communications Ron Menchaca, and scholar-in-residence Harlan Green, also present at the ceremony. This committee conducted extensive research, and also worked closely with state and city officials to compose the language of the marker while selecting its ideal location on campus.
One side of the marker highlights important campus buildings which are also on the National Register of Historic Places like Randolph Hall, Porter’s Lodge and Towell Library. The other side mentions important dates within
These are heavy memories weaved into the history of the College; and yet, in its 250th year, the College has decided to acknowledge its history and learn from the past. President Hsu, a beloved figure by the student body, is making history in recognizing the importance of this fact. “I am proud of this marker because it not only celebrated our great history and our achievement but it also does not hide our faults of our past. It directly confronts them, while still celebrating some of our key milestones,” President Hsu expressed in his speech on Thursday. “This marker represents the beginning of a much larger effort at the College to directly express who we are, who we once were, and who we are today, and who we want to be in the future.”
The unveiling of this marker represents one step of many being made by the College in its 250th year – movements initiated with President Hsu at the helm. In addition to this marker, President Hsu called attention to the conduction of other research projects and initiatives on campus with the primary goal of delving deeper into the College’s past.