Cecil Williams is a photographer, videographer and author. A native of Orangeburg, South Carolina, Williams began taking documentary photographs of his community at the age of nine. At fourteen, he began selling photographs to Jet magazine, the Afro-American, Pittsburgh Courier and The Associated Press. Williams chronicled the lives of black South Carolinians of the 1950s and 1960s and beyond, preserving their stories in thousands of photographs. His photographs have been featured in publications around the world and in galleries and in private and corporate collections throughout the United States. This exhibit focuses on Williams’ photographs of Harvey Gantt’s journey to becoming Clemson’s first African American student in 1963.
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