Palmetto Scene

Behind The Scenes with the Freedom Walkway Artists

By K. Cannon

Freedom Walkway in Rock Hill, SC.

On January 31, 1961, civil rights history was made in South Carolina. African American students from Friendship Junior College walked a mile to stage a sit-in at a segregated lunch counter on Main Street in Rock Hill, South Carolina. On that day, they had a mission. Their mission was to be put in jail. Once in jail, they would refuse to pay or accept bail, in order to pose a financial burden on local authorities.

People's Rally in SC State Capital: #WhyWeMarch

By K. Park

people rally at the South Carolina state house

Women, men and children of all ages gathered on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, for a People's Rally and Strategy Summit at the South Carolina State House. The rally was planned as a sister event for the Women's March on Washington, D.C. Attendees marched to Columbia's Music Farm where activists and community leaders gathered together to speak about the current political climate and what it means for the progressive movement in South Carolina.

CMA Brings Its Own Flare to CUT! Costume and the Cinema

By K. Park

The opening of the gallery for the CUT costume design exhibit

Katherine Wallworth, the Columbia Museum of Art's new curator, discusses how the museum's collection of decorative arts brought something unique to CUT! Costume and the Cinema, the traveling costume exhibit from London's renowned costume firm, Cosprop, and Minnesota's Exhibit Design Group.

The exhibit looks at art through the lens of film and popular culture, and features 43 costumes worn by 30 actors from 26 feature films. It will run at the Columbia Museum of Art through Feb. 19, 2017.

Winter Weather Coming to the Palmetto State

By A. Crouch

snow flake

As South Carolina prepares for possible winter weather this weekend, the S.C. Deparment of Transportation is prepping roads in advance. Crews will begin working on interstates and major roads in the upstate today and continue the work in the Midlands and the Pee Dee tomorrow. Snow and ice equipment is being readied in all 46 counties. The SCDOT reminds motorists to use extreme caution in winter weather and to slow down.

USC's Economists Release 2017 Economic Forecast

By A. Crouch

money

The University of South Carolina’s economists at The Darla Moore School of Business unveiled their 2017 economic forecast and they expect gains for the state this upcoming year. The state continues to add more jobs and expects incomes to rise for S.C. families. Job growth is expected to be at 2.6% and the unemployment rate should drop from 4.7% to 4.5% in the next year.

Joey Von Nessen, a researcher, said “South Carolina’s economy is growing at a healthy pace, and we expect the state to continue to build on this momentum in 2017.”

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