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).
- Walter Pantovic Slavery and African American History Collection
- Somebody Had To Do It
- College of Charleston Magazines
- Hutson Lee Papers, 1858-1865
- Grimke Family Papers, 1678-1977
- Avery Normal Institute
- Ansonborough Rehabilitation Project Photograph Survey
- Rice Harvest at Mulberry Plantation (Berkeley County, SC)
- Mazyckborough-Wraggborough Photograph Survey
- Charleston Museum Collection of Revolutionary War Letters
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