McGhee Block Announcement

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Exciting news for the ๐‘ฑ๐’๐’‰๐’๐’”๐’๐’ ๐‘ซ๐’“๐’–๐’ˆ๐’”๐’•๐’๐’“๐’†/ ๐‘ด๐’„๐‘ฎ๐’‰๐’†๐’† ๐‘ฉ๐’–๐’Š๐’๐’…๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ! Last Friday, after a year of work by the Historic Aiken Foundation and Kristopher King/Architectural Historian, the SC State Board for the National Register of Historic Places approved the nomination of this building to the National Register. The McGhee Block, as it is formally known, stands as a testament to the efforts of local African Americans William & Albert McGhee and Dr. Charles Catlett Johnson to establish and nurture professional and commercial spaces for Black businesses in Aiken and to promote the Black community in the early 20th century. Attendees at the presentation included William and LJ McGhee (grandsons of Dr. CC Johnson and contractor William McGhee), Stuart Bedenbaugh, and Al Jenkins from Senator Tim Scottโ€™s office.