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September 14, 2019

THE BACK DOOR exhibition is a story of a seldom-discussed era in the history of the United States. Between the 1920s and the mid-1960s many domestic workers were underpaid, unprotected, and overworked. In the United States domestic work, in many cases, had no legal regulations and at best was poorly regulated in a few states. Yet, female African American domestic workers played a pivotal role in Southern culture. Their intimate knowledge of and interactions with the white women and children for whom they worked created a paradoxical relationship between black and white people of the segregated South. These African American women were the catalyst who blurred the lines of a social order by place and race.  ENTER THE BACK DOOR...

Meet the 521 All-Stars and Exhibit Photographer, Byron Baldwin

March 29, 2019

521 All-Star team members and photographer Byron Baldwin will be on hand at the museum for autographs, photos, and discussion about the exhibition and 521 All-Stars baseball league from Rembert, South Carolina.


The first 40 persons will receive an official league baseball for autographing! Light refreshments served until 6:30pm. This event is free and family-friendly.

521 ALL-STARS: A Championship Story of Baseball and Community

February 13, 2019

Based on the 1998 book The 521 All-Stars: A Championship Story of Baseball and Community, this exhibit depicts the game in its purest form: scrap metal base lines, rotten wood bleachers, teams made up of brothers, fathers and sons, and most importantly, fellowship within the community.

Until Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947, major league baseball was the pastime for white players and fans. Segregated and separated, black players were forced to form leagues of their own.

In 1996, author Frye Gaillard was driving north on Route 521 in Sumter County when he discovered a homemade ballpark and stopped to take pictures of the players. He and his partner, photographer Byron Baldwin, spent the next season and a half watching and studying the Gamecock baseball league of Rembert, S.C. The teams are comprised only of African-Americans.


February 08, 2019

Mark your calendars to attend our 7th Annual Black History Luncheon!

FEBRUARY 8, 2019

11:30am - 1:30pm


Seneca River Family Life Institute

298 South Poplar Street

Seneca, SC 29678

Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Berlethia J. Pitts

Dr. Berlethia J. Pitts, a native of the Perry Hill Community of Seneca, South Carolina, is a Professor of English and African American Studies at Fort Valley State University where she serves as the Head of the Department of Languages and Liberal Studies.  In 2008, she was recognized as the FVSU John W. Davison Teacher of the Year. Dr. Pitts is a member of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the Georgia Association for Women in Higher Education (GAWHE) and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). 

Dr. Pitts received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Georgia; her masters’ degrees from Clemson University in English and Temple University in African American Studies; and her Doctor of Philosophy in African American Studies from Temple University. Her research interests focus concurrently on issues related to education, African-centered and culturally relevant pedagogy; African American history and literature; and American and English Literature.

Her life’s philosophy and purpose is to extend Peace and Love to all whom she encounters.

Bertha Lee Strickland Cultural Museum Celebrates a Lunney Christmas

December 08, 2018

This year's Lunney Christmas will expand to include festivities across the museums' lawns. Stop by Bertha Lee Strickland Cultural Museum and enjoy hot beverages, Christmas music, and more on the patio. 

And, while you are here, stop in to see our FIXINS' exhibit that will be concluding this month.

Enjoy and experience our Seneca City Museums this Christmas season!


October 11, 2018

OCTOBER 11 - DECEMBER 21, 2018


This exhibition explores southern food culture through art and conversation. Metalsmith, Logan Woodle and Photographic Artist, Amber Eckersley examine stories and memories of their growing up years, and how food, family and friends develop relationships around the kitchen table.


July 14, 2018

  • Enjoy a half day of entertainment and celebration! Guest Lecturer, Nettie Washington Douglass is the great-great granddaughter of orator, statesman, and abolitionist Frederick Douglass; and, she is the granddaughter of Booker T. Washington.

  • World-performing artists, the Geechee-Gullah Ring Shouters will perform their History and Heritage presentation of African American culture from slavery.

  • Retired U.S. Marshal, Louie McKinney (an Oconee native) will present his ESPN "Strike Team" docudrama.

  • 5 authors (four of whom are Oconee natives) will be on hand to sign their books that will be for sale: 

The Bertha Lee Strickland Cultural Museum will make a special presentation to the Oconee School District at this event.

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