Dr. Benjamin E. Mays' childhood home is the focal point of the Dr. Benjamin E. Mays Historic Site, a destination for individuals and groups interested in learning about the life of one of the nation’s most influential Civil Rights leaders and the African-American experience in South Carolina. Visitors can tour the childhood home of Dr. Mays and understand his monumental rise from a sharecropper’s son to president of Morehouse College.
The Benjamin E. Mays Historic Preservation Site contains Dr. Mays' birth home which was removed from its original location in Epworth, in southeast Greenwood County, and furnished with circa 1900 furniture. In addition, the site has a barn-like structure that serves as as modern museum and theater. The museum chronologically displays Dr. Mays' long life in photographs and wall narrative. Visitors will find a large collection of his books, writings, films, speeches, and personal items. The theater holds about 50 people and can be used as a conference room as well as a theater to play two documentary films about the life of Dr. Mays and many of his CD audio speeches. The third building on site is the original Burns Springs one-room African-American school, originally located in Epworth. The yard surrounding the home site is reminiscent of a 1900s era sharecropper homestead that includes a cedar post clothes line, wash pot with rinsing tubs, chopping block, tree swing, old well, an original outhouse, and a family garden. The homestead is accented with a cotton field. There are picnic tables under a large oak tree nearby and ample parking is available. The house and musuem are handicap accessible. Tours can be booked by appointment by calling 864-229-8801 or 864-223-8434.