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.

In 1925 a young entrepreneurial couple, Edward Leon Guenveur Sr. and Lauretta Goodall-Guenveur, purchased a home on Coming Street in the midst of a thriving African American community, adjacent to the College of Charleston. The living descendants recall how the five siblings had to walk around the perimeter of the College to get to the grocer, instead of simply cutting directly through the…
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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.