CMN tours and presentations scheduled by appointment in fall 2022.
Clemson University Black History Month Celebration, February 2022
February 1-28, 2022
February 1, 2022
February 17, 2022
February 20, 2022
Call My Name currently offers African American Heritage walking tours of the Clemson University campus that include these stops:
- Memorial Stadium
- Fort Hill Plantation House
- Trustee House
- Old Main (Tillman Hall)
- Sikes Hall
- Hardin Hall
- SC Historical Marker for Fort Hill Quarters for the Enslaved and Stockade for Convicted Laborers
- Woodland Cemetery
The tour lasts approximately one hour.
To schedule a tour, please email email@example.com or call (864) 401-6216.
The Play CALL MY NAME Project
Image of the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts at Clemson University.
In May 2022, professional actors and Tectonic staff came to the Brooks Performing Arts Center’s teaching classrooms at Clemson University for the second phase of the project to engage in Moment Work, Tectonic’s trademark experimental and imaginative process of devising theater. Moment Work enables actors to create individual units in a space with the playwright, Dr. Rhondda Thomas, and then sequence the moments to create scenes for the play.
In the summer of 2022, a Tectonic staff member and an actor traveled to South Carolina to conduct research for the CMN Play. In August of 2022, Dr. Thomas spent 12 days in New York City working with Tectonic staff and an actor to develop the format for the play and select stories that will be included in the production. She will return in the fall of 2022 to engage in more Moment Work with professional actors and Tectonic staff and write the script for the play.
A reading of the CALL MY NAME play is scheduled to open on in the Bellamy Theater in the Brooks Center on January 28, 2023, the 60th anniversary of the day Harvey B. Gantt registered for classes after winning a class action lawsuit to desegregate Clemson. Two additional readings will be held, one on campus and one in the local community.
To donate to support the production of the CALL MY NAME play, click the link below.
Call My Name is currently developing a traveling museum exhibit, titled Call My Name: the Black Experience in the South Carolina Upstate from Enslavement to Desegregation. The exhibit will trace the trajectory of the Black experience beginning with free Africans and leading through enslavement, emancipation, segregation, and desegregation. It will follow roughly the path of the research project itself, leading participants thematically through the experiences of Generations 1 through 7.
The goal of the exhibit is to situate the stories of Black peoples at Clemson within a broader understanding of Black communities in America and the African Diaspora. In addition to the generations encompassed by Call My Name, which include individuals associated with Clemson University or the Fort Hill Plantation, the exhibit will also incorporate local communities, sites, and events, including the Calhoun and Cadillac Heights neighborhoods, the Silver Spring School, Calhoun Elementary School, Seneca Institute, chapters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, sports clubs and organizations, and the desegregation of local public schools.
Key partners in this venture are the Call My Name Coalition, consisting of Shelby Henderson, director of the Bertha Lee Strickland Cultural Museum of Seneca, SC; Angela Agard, director of the Clemson Area African American Museum; and Nick McKinney, director of the Lunney Museum of Seneca, SC. Henderson and McKinney are serving as the exhibit’s designers. Other collaborators include Clemson University Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives, the Clemson University Humanities Hub, and the Upcountry History Museum of Greenville.
The exhibit is scheduled to open at Clemson University in February 2024. It will then travel to several sites in South Carolina and Georgia.
To make a donation to support the development of the traveling exhibit project, click here.
National Endowment for the Humanities
Whiting Foundation Public Engagement Fellow, 2018-19 – exhibition project (previously named “Black Clemson: From Enslavement to Integration”)
During the 2022-2023 academic year, the Call My Name team will be developing a series of mini-documentary series featuring historic sites on campus that are associated with Black Clemson history.
The goal of the series is to document and share this history, making visible the history of Black people that is hidden in plain sight on campus. It will explore historical moments and sites from the antebellum period to the present that are critical parts of the university’s story but are relatively unknown or misunderstood.
The CMN team will soon begin recording a podcast series that will feature interviews with Black Clemson students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni as well as local Black residents who live in or are affiliated with historic Black communities and institutions. Dr. Rhondda Thomas will be the podcast host. Our goals are to provide insights into Black Clemson history, both on campus and in local communities, through engaging and insightful conversations about the Black experience with a variety of guests.
Call My Name has adopted “Hush, Hush, Somebody’s Calling My Name” as its theme song. The song was popularized in Roots, the highly acclaimed television series based on Alex Haley’s book titled Roots.
We are collaborating with Eric Young and Michael Young, members of the award-winning Donald Lawrence and the Tri-City Singers and descendants of Thomas and Frances Fruster who were enslaved on the Calhoun’s Fort Hill Plantation, to produce a music video of “Hush” that will include images of cultural and historical experiences of people from the seven generations of Call My Name and members of local Black communities.
The music video will be available for viewing on this web page and on the Call My Name social media sites in the fall of 2022.
To donate to support the production of the “Hush”, click here.