"Look carefully at the careers of the boys and girls who were raised in the Old Marine Hospital on Franklin Street, Charleston [Jenkins Orphanage]. I am convinced you will be surprised... there is a Charleston contribution to the arts of America that traditional views on jazz, and other music, have overlooked."

Jeffrey Green, British historian; author of Edmund Thornton Jenkins:The Life and Times of An American Black Composer, 1894-1926

The Charleston Jazz Initiative (CJI) is a multi-year research project that documents the African American jazz tradition in Charleston, the South Carolina Lowcountry, and its diasporic movement throughout the United States and Europe between the late 19th century through today.

← This video is presented courtesy of the Fox Movietone News Collection at the University of South Carolina’s Newsfilm Library. To learn more about this video, and many other historic videos, be sure to visit their website: sc.edu/library/newsfilm


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