Morris Center received a Gold Award in the Under $25,000 category in recognition of the current exhibition Soul of the South.
Morris Center Lowcountry Heritage Museum:
The Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage is pleased to announce they are a recipient of the 2021 Southeastern Museums Conference Gold Award for the under $25,000 category for the exhibition Soul of the South. The SEMC Exhibition Competition showcases the best in our profession and provides benchmarks for regional exhibition efforts in southeastern museums. Soul of the South takes visitors on a musical journey highlighting the influences that Native
Americans, enslaved Africans, and the European colonizers in the Lowcountry had on various genres of music: gospel, jazz, blues, musical theater and rock and roll. Largely sponsored by Gretsch, the renowned drum and musical instrument maker, the exhibit also showcases local musicians and groups whose notoriety reached beyond the Lowcountry.
Exhibits at Lowcountry Heritage Museum:
For many visitors, exhibitions are the public face of museums and effective planning, management of
resources, research and interpretation, collections care, public programs, publications, and fund raising all
contribute to the fulfillment of a museum’s mission. Expectations and standards were exceptionally high
for this year’s applicants. The SEMC Exhibition Competition received a record-breaking number of
applications from a wide variety of museums across the southeast.
The Exhibition Competition recognizes exhibitions for overall excellence or for stretching the limits of
content and design through innovation. Winning entries were well-designed exhibitions of merit with
educational value and demonstrated, respectful treatment of objects. an appointed jury of museum professionals across the region who specialize in the curatorial studies and exhibition design judged the recipients of the awards.
Award winners were celebrated at the 2021 Annual Meeting Awards Ceremony on October 27, 2021 in
Chattanooga, Tennessee as well as in the Fall 2021 Edition of INSIDE SEMC, a digital publication of the
Southeastern Museums Conference. This designation recognizes Morris Center’s contribution to
professional standards in Southeastern museums.
About Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage:
Located in the heart of downtown Ridgeland on US 17, Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage is a
learning and exhibition center. The Center strives to preserve and cultivate the history, culture and spirit of
our area. Housed in a collection of vintage buildings, with the architecturally distinctive Sinclair Service Station as its focal point, the center features ever-changing exhibitions, interactive and dynamic learning opportunities, cultural offerings, storytelling and other forms of art.
The Morris Center is open to the public Tuesday – Saturday. For museum hours or more information,
please visit www.morrisheritagecenter.org.