Esau Jenkins (1910-1972) was born and raised on Johns Island, South Carolina. With very little formal education, he became a businessman and civil rights leader. Jenkins founded the Progressive Club in 1948, which encouraged local African Americans to register to vote, through the aid of Citizenship Schools, a topic he was educated in by his attendance at Highlander Folk Center in Tennessee. In 1959, he organized the Citizens' Committee of Charleston County dedicated to the economic, cultural and political improvement of local African Americans. Printed material, correspondence, and literary productions (1963-2003) document the life and works of Esau Jenkins (1910-1972).
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- Charleston Museum Quilt Collection
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- McLeod Family Papers, 1873-1990
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