Photo taken at the Benjamin Mays Historic Site in Greenwood, South Carolina. This is the childhood home of Benjamin Mays, born in the town of Ninety Six in 1894. His parents were formerly enslaved, and were tenant farmers when he was born.
Dr. Mays became incredibly important in the civil rights movement and in politics in general. He was a giver of incredible speeches, a minister, professor, dean, school board president, wrote a compelling autobiography, and was an activist. He was a mentor and a close friend to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He delivered King's eulogy at his funeral.
I stood inside his childhood home and thought about a little boy at the turn of the century looking out onto his front porch, watching his father's life threatened during the Phoenix Riots, a moment Dr. Mays described as intensely influential in the path his life took.
This may not be where the home stood when it happened (they moved it into town, allowing for better care and a better location for visitors), but it is his home, one hundred nine years after his birth. It's pretty cool to stand in the first house one of the most important leaders of the Civil Rights movement was born in.
Time is a strange thing.