On Thursday, April 16, 2015, seven World War II veterans who served in the Okinawa campaign assembled on the fantail of the USS Yorktown overlooking the USS Laffey to remember their brothers who gave the ultimate sacrifice during the Battle of Okinawa. From April 1 to June 22, 1945, more than 12,000 American lives were […]
Hundreds attended the Heroes of Iwo Jima Symposium onboard the USS Yorktown on Thursday, March 5, 2015 to hear a first-hand account from three veterans who served in that iconic battle. Hershel “Woody” Williams, USMC is the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient to have been awarded that honor for valor in the Battle of […]
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. – On Thursday, March 5 Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima with a free symposium that will feature three survivors of the attack. It will begin at 7:00 p.m. onboard the USS YORKTOWN. The panel of speakers will […]
Over 400 people attended the Boys of Liberty Hill Symposium hosted at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum on Friday, February 6, 2015 as part of Black History Month. The insightful panelists shared their experiences with the issues of desegregation and military service during the 1960s–a difficult time for the African-American community played out against […]
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. – On Friday, Feb. 6 Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum will host a symposium to delve into the history of North Charleston’s Liberty Hill Community and the estimated 60 young African-American men who went on to war during some of the most turbulent times in American history.
The Boys of Liberty Hill Symposium will feature three guest panelists from Liberty Hill: Odell Price, Alfreda Levaine and Charleston County Councilman Henry Darby. Odell Price was one of the five original students to transfer out of Bonds-Wilson High School, a segregated African-American School, and into North Charleston High School in 1965 following the passing of the Civil Rights Act. After graduating, he fought as a Marine in the Vietnam War.
Alfreda Levaine grew up in Liberty Hill during the 1960’s and is the sister of Nathan White – one of eight Liberty Hill residents killed in the war.
Councilman Henry Darby is the author of Liberty Hill’s Vietnam Fighting Men, a book that chronicles eight Liberty Hill residents who were killed in Vietnam and examines the perspective of war from veterans who made it home safely.
Respected Charleston musicians, Lonnie Hamilton and Ann Caldwell, will perform the National Anthem, and students from North Charleston High School will read poetry.
The symposium is free and open to the public. It will begin at 11:00 a.m. inside the USS YORKTOWN’s Smokey Stover Theater. The event is part of Patriots Point’s ongoing efforts to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the war in Vietnam. It will be streamed live through the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum’s Livestream channel. Click Here for a link
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. – Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum will offer a 20 percent discount on all admission prices every Sunday in February. The “Super Sunday” deal will include a 10 percent discount all purchases made in the Patriots Point Ship Store. In addition to the February discounts, the museum also announced that the […]
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. – After more than 40 years of resting in the salty waters of Charleston Harbor, it has been determined that the USS Yorktown is in relatively great shape structurally. On Friday, Jan. 16 a representative from Collins Engineering told the Patriots Point Development Authority’s Board of Directors that it would cost an […]
Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum kicked off the new year with a “Pay What You Can” Weekend January 3-4, 2015. On those days, visitors were asked to pay whatever amount they could afford for parking and admission to the museum. Despite intermittent rain showers on both days, 811 more people came this year to […]
Mount Pleasant, S.C. – Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum will ask visitors to name their own admission price during the first weekend of 2015, January 3 and 4. This will be the fourth year the museum has offered a “Pay-What-You-Can” weekend. Instead of paying the standard admission and parking fees, guests are able to […]
Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum sponsored the University of South Carolina and Clemson University football games on Saturday, Nov. 22. Hundreds of fans stopped by the museum’s booths to learn more about new exhibits and upcoming commemorative events. The most popular topic was the Vietnam Experience Exhibit which opened on Veterans Day weekend. Patriots […]