Local Civil Rights pioneer's van sent to Smithsonian

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Locals gathered in downtown Charleston to give a piece of Civil Rights history a proper send-off to its new home.

Esau Jenkins was a Johns Island native and advocate for Civil Rights around the Lowcountry. On Sunday, his family and members of the Preservation Society of Charleston celebrated the departure of the Volkswagen bus that Jenkins used to drive around the city spreading his message during the Civil Rights movement.

It will now be on display at the Smithsonian's Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington.

In 1948, Jenkins founded a progressive club that encouraged Africans-Americans to vote. After that, he started the Citizens' Committee of Charleston County and dedicated it to the economic, cultural, and political improvement of local African-Americans.

Jenkins died in 1972.

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