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The Huntington Exemplary Service Award

Lowcountry History

Brookgreen Garden’s Sandy Island School House has been named to the African American Civil Rights Network of the National Park Service as of September 2021 for its use as a citizenship school in the 1950s and 60s for adults to overcome literacy laws that prevented voter registration.


The Huntington Exemplary Service Award recognizes individuals who have contributed to improving race relations in our communities from June 19, 2023, through January 15, 2024, Martin Luther King Day. 

A total of three individuals will be selected to represent Georgetown County, Horry County, and the State of SC.

The awardees will be recognized during Brookgreen’s Juneteenth Celebration on June 15, 2024.

Selection criteria for nominees are individuals who have demonstrated any one or all of the following:

a. Involvement in community engagement to raise awareness of concerns about freedom and equality.

b. Involvement in social justice work and activism.

c. Providing a safe place for youth and adults to speak truth to power.

d. Effecting change through creative arts and expression.

Note: We ask that no persons currently holding an elected office or actively running for office be nominated. Also, no Brookgreen Staff, Volunteer, or Huntington Exemplary Service Committee member may be nominated.

We will accept nominations for this year's awards through April 26, 2024.

Submit your nomination below.


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Adults 13-64: $22

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1931 Brookgreen Drive
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

Off US Highway 17 Bypass, between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island on South Carolina's Hammock Coast