Please join Middleton Place Foundation for
The Green Book of South Carolina: A Guide to African American Cultural Sites
Book Talk and Signing Reception with Joshua Parks.
Joshua will share his experience documenting these crucial locations of African-American history.
Sunday, September 18
4:00 – 5:30pm
The Pavilion at Middleton Place
This is a free, in-person event open to the public; advance reservation is required.
About the Book
The Green Book of South Carolina, compiled by the WeGOJA Foundation, is a first-of-its-kind travel guide to the most tourist-friendly destinations offering visitors avenues to discover intriguing African American history as they travel the state. Organized by region and illustrated with more than 80 color photographs by Joshua Parks, this guidebook presents a curated selection of over 200 museums, monuments, historical markers, schools, churches, and other public lands.
About Joshua Parks
Photographer, documentarian, and community organizer Joshua Parks, is the Digital Programs and Community Engagement Specialist at the International African American Museum. Though Joshua was raised in Jacksonville, Florida, his family history is deeply rooted in the Lowcountry, where he is a direct descendant of Sol Legare Island, a historic Gullah-Geechee sea island community. He is a graduate of Howard University and completed his Masters degree in History at the College of Charleston. Trained as a public historian at the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, he specializes in the African Diaspora’s social, political, and cultural histories.
Joshua has been a community organizer since 2015, was instrumental in founding several local community-led projects, and is involved in multiple national and international organizations supporting mutual aid and community empowerment initiatives. He is a former secondary school educator who taught at middle and high school levels.
Some of Joshua’s interests and hobbies include collecting vinyl records, film photography, and traveling.