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Brick, Fire & Iron: The Highs and Lows of Carolina's Historic Wall

South Caroliniana Library (Lumpkin Foyer)
Aug 16, 2012 - Oct 27, 2012

The Horseshoe wall is perhaps the most abused, altered, and ignored structure on the campus of the University of South Carolina – and one of the most historic. It has surrounded the original campus for over 175 years and even sheltered it from the flames that burned much of Columbia in 1865. The wall has gradually faded into the background of an expanding urban campus and been subjected to numerous alterations and misuses – including use as a bulletin board. This exhibit looks at the wall’s history, its current condition and its place in Carolina history.