Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage Awarded Grant

South Carolina Arts Commission and NEA Provide Help 

morris center for lowcountry heritage, ridgeland, sc

Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage is pleased to announce that it recently was awarded a grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. This project is also funded in part by a generous award from the South Carolina Artists Relief Fund of the South Carolina Arts Foundation. 

morris center for lowcountry heritage, ridgeland, sc
Come explore the vibrant musical traditions of the region in the upcoming exhibition Soul of the South. Journey through centuries of historical tradition and genres, from Native American and West African influences to the development of Gospel, Blues and Jazz. An interactive multimedia tour brings the exhibition to life through interviews and musical performances.

The grant monies will help the center remain open, offering the community and visitors the opportunity to safely engage with exhibits that celebrate Lowcountry heritage. The center will follow recommended guidelines to facilitate social distancing and ask those who would like to view the new exhibits, Soul of the South and Melody Makers, to schedule their visit ahead of time by registering on its website

morris center for lowcountry heritage, ridgeland, sc

The center will also continue to provide innovative programming for the community through virtual lectures, workshops and book club discussions. Some topics include the rise of Beach Music, Free People of Color in Antebellum South Carolina, Watching Over the Ruin: Pon Pon Chapel of Ease Cemetery and Into the Beautiful North, book club selection for September. All virtual programs are archived on the Morris Center’s Facebook page and website

For more information about Morris Center, its programs and new hours, please visit or call 843-284-9227. Admission is free. 

morris center for lowcountry heritage, ridgeland, sc
Melody Makers
On View
Now through August 29, 2020
Back in the day, when “the real rock and roll” ruled, Beaufort’s Melody Makers was one of the most sought after beach bands in the state.  Now the beat goes on thanks to a special exhibit curated by Beaufort History Museum featuring photos, instruments, and framed albums of the Melody Makers’ biggest hits.

About the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage 

Located in the heart of downtown Ridgeland on US 17, the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage is a learning and exhibition center dedicated to preserving and cultivating the history, culture and spirit of Jasper and its surrounding counties. Housed in a collection of vintage buildings, with the architecturally distinctive Sinclair Service Station as its focal point, the center features ever- changing exhibitions, interactive and dynamic learning opportunities, cultural offerings, storytelling and other forms of art. For more information call 843-284-9227.