On April 21, the Arnold Fields Community Endowment in Hampton County was selected to receive the statewide “Preserving Our Places in History” award for a group/organization.
The award is sponsored by the WeGOJA Foundation and was presented at the WeGOJA Foundation’s 2022 Annual Cultural and Historical Preservation Conference at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History. WeGOJA’s mission is to support efforts to ensure accurate inclusion of the contributions of African Americans to South Carolina and the nation’s history and culture. The award was accepted by (pictured left to right) Al Wiggins, Board Member, Roy Hollingsworth, AFCE President, and Charlie A. Grant, JR, Ex-Officio Member.
The Arnold Fields Community Endowment is responsible for the state-level approval and installation of five historic markers in Hampton County between the years of 2012 and 2022. In 2017, the Arnold Fields Community Endowment was responsible for placing the Gifford Rosenwald School in Hampton County, the only Rosenwald still standing. Hampton County School, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Getting historic markers approved at the state level is not an easy task and requires significant research, time and effort. Getting something listed on the National Register of Historic Places is even more difficult, which requires appearing before a state board of several historians. If approved at the state level, the information is submitted at the federal level to the National Park Service where final approval takes place.
Arnold Fields Community Endowment is pleased to serve and represent Hampton County at the county, state, and national level in preserving Hampton County’s history. We are also honored to have and use the name Arnold Fields, a retired United States Marine Corps Major General, from Early Branch, SC!