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Preview of Hamburg Massacre documentary to be shown at Dynamic Dialogues

February 7, 2018 GMT

A preview of a new documentary about the Hamburg Massacre will be shown at the next Dynamic Dialogues Series at Aiken Technical College.

The showing and lecture will be from 11:30 a.m. To 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, in the amphitheater in the 700 Building.

The lecture will include a presentation about the historic Hamburg Massacre and a viewing of a trailer for the documentary on the incident. The presenters will include historians Milledge Murray and Wayne O’Bryant, filmmaker Christi Koelker and representatives from the Aiken County Historical Museum and the Heritage Council of North Augusta.

The Hamburg Massacre stemmed from a confrontation July 4, 1876, between two white farmers and a group of African-American militiamen who were marching on a pubic road to celebrate Independence Day, according to www.sciway.net.

The arrest and hearing for the militia’s captain led to a race riot on July 8, 1876, during which seven African-American men and one white man were killed.

The incident has been credited with leading to the end of Reconstruction after the Civil War and ushering in the Jim Crowe era of strict segregation in South Carolina and across the South.

Hamburg once was a thriving community on the banks of the Savannah River southeast of North Augusta, according to sciway.net.

The Dynamic Dialogues guest lecture series, which began in fall 2016, features discussions and presentations on a variety of topics by local experts.