Maroon Walk for Juneteenth

College of Charleston observes Juneteenth, the holiday that celebrates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans, by coming together for the Maroon Walk for Juneteeth. The annual walking tour was founded in 2022 by members of the Whipper Grant Caucus, an affinity group for Black faculty and staff. This tour highlights sites on campus that reflect the histories of African-descended people in our city. Participants on the walk are invited to carry small flags bearing the College of Charleston logo and Pan-African colors.

Until 1970, “Maroons” was the name of the College’s sports teams. It’s still a C of C school color, but the word has other meanings, too. “Maroons” were people who had escaped from slavery and lived in permanent settlements in swamps. forests, or other remote areas. (See “Maroons.” South Carolina Encyclopedia.)

To learn more about College of Charleston sites on the Maroon Walk for Juneteenth, follow our virtual tour.

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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Civil rights activist Septima Poinsette Clark was born at this address in 1898. Her mother worked as a laundress and her father had been enslaved to a College of Charleston trustee. This family, like other Black citizens, had few legal rights and limited opportunities. Clark worked to change these conditions, drawing inspiration and support from her family and community.
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The Maroon Walk for Juneteenth is an annual event organized by the Whipper Grant Caucus Black Faculty and Staff Affinity Group and the Staff Advisory Committee at the College of Charleston, in collaboration with the Office of Institutional Diversity. This virtual tour, sponsored by the Committee on Commemoration and Landscapes, was published in June 2023.