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57 Coming Street

The family of Edward Leon Guenveur and Lauretta Goodall Guenveur lived in this house for most of the 20th century. A story on their family's long and inspiring life in and beyond Charleston will be appearing in this space soon.

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57 Coming Street Home
57 Coming Street Home This was the home of Edward Leon Guenveur, Lauretta Goodall Guenveur, and their five children. It now houses offices for the Department of Psychology. Source: The College Today, College of Charleston.
Lauretta Goodall Guenveur Garden
Lauretta Goodall Guenveur Garden Creator: The College Today, College of Charleston.
Piazza, 57 Coming Street
Piazza, 57 Coming Street The garden of 57 Coming Street, seen from the front porch, or piazza, in 2023. Creator: Photo by Catie Cleveland, College of Charleston.
Philip Simmons gate, 57 Coming Street
Philip Simmons gate, 57 Coming Street Master blacksmith Philip Simmons, a friend of the Guenveur family, created this gate. Creator: Photo by Catie Cleveland, College of Charleston.
Sankofa symbol, Philip Simmons Gate, 57 Coming Street
Sankofa symbol, Philip Simmons Gate, 57 Coming Street At the top of the gate at 57 Coming Street, created by master blacksmith Philip Simmons, the sankofa motif is repeated. Creator: Photo by Catie Cleveland, College of Charleston
Guenveur family and friends at Owls' Whist Club anniversary party
Guenveur family and friends at Owls' Whist Club anniversary party The Owls’ Whist Club, a Black fraternal organization and social club, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1964. This photo shows Edward Leon Guenveur attending the banquet with family and friends. Source: The Pittsburgh Courier. March 10, 1964. Newspapers.com.
House and Garden Historical Marker
House and Garden Historical Marker In 2000, the Guenveur children endowed a scholarship at the College of Charleston in memory of their parents. The College’s segregation policy barred the Guenveurs themselves from becoming students at the College, but this scholarship is awarded to a rising senior from Charleston County who has demonstrated the highest levels of academic excellence for three consecutive years. Creator: The College Today, College of Charleston.
Roger Guenveur Smith conducts "Performing History" workshop at Avery, 2011
Roger Guenveur Smith conducts "Performing History" workshop at Avery, 2011 Actor Roger Guenveur Smith, a grandson of Edward Leon Guenveur and Lauretta Goodall Guenveur, conducted a workshop at the Avery Research Center in 2011 when he was an artist-in-residence at the College of Charleston. In Smith’s weeklong workshop, "Performing History," student participants used archival materials to research and create a performance piece about a historical figure. Smith has portrayed Black history-makers in numerous theater, film, and TV productions, including multiple collaborations with Spike Lee. Source: Roger Guenveur Smith at the College of Charleston: A Native Magazine Feature. Youtube. Mar. 19, 2011.
Maroon Walk for Juneteenth 2023
Maroon Walk for Juneteenth 2023 The Guenveur House is a stop on the Maroon Walk for Juneteenth. The newest federal holiday, Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of African Americans in 1865, and this walk celebrates the holiday, though the state of South Carolina does not observe Juneteenth. Creator: The College Today, College of Charleston.
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“57 Coming Street,” Discovering Our Past: College of Charleston Histories, accessed March 2, 2024, https://discovering.cofc.edu/items/show/70.