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Johns Island in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Progressive Club

 
 
The Progressive Club Marker, front image. Click for full size.
By David J Gaines, June 4, 2016
1. The Progressive Club Marker, front
Inscription. (front)
The Progressive Club, built in 1962-63, was a store and community center for Johns Island and other Sea Islands until it was badly damaged by Hurricane Hugo in 1989. The club had been founded in 1948 by civil rights activist Esau Jenkins (1910-1972), who worked to improve educational, political, economic, and other opportunities for blacks on the island and in the lowcountry.
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Jenkins, Septima Clark (1898-1987), and Bernice Robinson (1914-1994) founded the first Citizenship School in 1957 to encourage literacy and voter registration. Its success led to many similar schools across the South, called “the base on which the whole civil rights movement was built.” The Progressive Club was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.
 
Erected 2013 by Preservation Society of Charleston. (Marker Number 10-81.)
 
Location. 32° 40.622′ N, 80° 2.417′ W. Marker is in Johns Island, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is at the intersection of River Road (South Carolina Route S-10-91) and Royal Oak Drive, on the right when traveling
The Progressive Club Marker, back image. Click for full size.
By David J Gaines, June 4, 2016
2. The Progressive Club Marker, back
east on River Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Johns Island SC 29455, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John's Island Presbyterian Church (approx. 2.5 miles away); Federal Expedition on John's Island / Battle of Burden's Causeway (approx. 3.1 miles away); Battle of Sol-Legare Island (approx. 4.3 miles away); Battery Number 5 (approx. 5.5 miles away); Secessionville (approx. 5.8 miles away); Battle of Secessionville (approx. 5.8 miles away); Camp of Wild's African Brigade, 1863 - 1864 / Wild's Brigade Cemetery (approx. 5.9 miles away); Battery Reed (approx. 6.1 miles away).
 
Categories. African AmericansCivil Rights
 
The Progressive Club Marker image. Click for full size.
By David J Gaines, June 4, 2016
3. The Progressive Club Marker
As can be seen, the building was severely damaged by Hurricane Hugo.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David J Gaines of Pinson, Alabama. This page has been viewed 70 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by David J Gaines of Pinson, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 21, 2016.
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