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Women’s Suffrage, Reconstruction and the Remarkable Rollin Sisters: A Film and Panel Discussion Event

November 16, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The Center for Civil Rights History and Research, South Carolina ETV, the ETV Endowment of South Carolina, and the University South Caroliniana Society invite you to a special community event exploring the lives and suffrage work of the Rollin sisters of South Carolina.

Despite their inability to vote or hold political office, Francis, Charlotte, Catherine, Marie Louise and Florence Rollin, who were born to an aristocratic, free Black family in Charleston, were among the most influential people in South Carolina politics. ETV’s recent documentary, Sisterhood – The Rollin Sisters: Reconstruction Through 1895, examines the sisters’ efforts in the capital city, Columbia, and beyond, and their dreams that were center stage before being crushed by the overthrow of Reconstruction.

Rollin descendent Carole IONE Lewis and historians Dr. Valinda Littlefield and Dr. Marjorie Spruill will join moderator Beryl Dakers, executive producer of Sisterhoodfor a panel discussion after the film. On display in the lobby will be a selection of materials drawn from the holdings of the South Caroliniana Library that document African American life in South Carolina during Reconstruction.

You may join us in-person or virtually. Learn more about Sisterhood and register here for either the in-person program or the livestreaming option. For the virtual option, we will provide instructions on how to access the documentary and the livestream after registration.

Please note that the in person program will follow the University’s and the City of Columbia’s Covid-19 protocols, and masking will be required.


Booker T. Washington High School Auditorium
1400 Wheat Street
Columbia, SC 29205 United States
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