February 11, 2016
On Thursday, February 11, Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum will host a free symposium to remember the impact of Charleston’s Cannon Street YMCA All-Stars team (the only non-white Little League team in South Carolina in 1955) and their journey to the Little League World Series amidst the struggle for civil rights in South Carolina and throughout the South.
The symposium titled, Cannon Street YMCA All-Stars in Uniform, will feature a panel of former players from the team—several of whom later served in the military. The panelists will include: Leroy Major, Vermont Brown, Augustus Holt and John Rivers. These former players will recount their memories of living in Charleston at a tumultuous time and their feelings when 61 other Little League teams in South Carolina refused to play them because of the color of their skin. As a direct result of this protest, the white teams formed the Dixie Youth Baseball League and abandoned Little League entirely.
The Cannon Street YMCA All Stars were able to go watch the Little League World Series that year in Pennsylvania, but were not able to participate since they had not played in the state tournament. This symposium is offered as part of Black History Month and will delve into the pivotal topic of civil rights in the South in the 1950s.
February 21, 2016
During “Open Cockpit” days, guests are given the unique opportunity to climb or look inside many of the museum’s most historic aircraft, including the F-9 Cougar, S-3 Viking, H-3 Sea King, F-18 Hornet, and A-6 Intruder. Visitors will also have the chance to explore the H-1 Huey and CH-46 helicopters in the interactive Vietnam Experience Exhibit.
During this Open Cockpit Day we will also offer docent-guided tours of the USS Yorktown fo’c’sle. This area is not currently on tour, so this will be a great opportunity to see the anchor chains and other sites in fo’c’sle!
The cockpits and fo’c’sle will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
March 31, 2016
The Women’s History Month Symposium: Nurses in War will delve into the crucial and invaluable role of nurses who provided care to injured troops during World War II, the Korean and Vietnam Wars and the Gulf War, as well as in our most recent conflicts including the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. In addition to the participation of veteran nurses, the museum is also looking for photos and video that can be used to set up a special panel discussion, and items that can be loaned for use in a temporary exhibit aboard the USS YORKTOWN.
The Medical University of South Carolina, American Red Cross, Ralph Johnson VA Medical Center, and the Navy Nurse Corps Association are all assisting Patriots Point in research for the symposium. The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. on March 31. Admission and parking will be free. Additional information will be released as the event approaches.