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Esau Jenkins and Myles Horton, Charleston, South Carolina, Esau Jenkins Papers, courtesy of the Avery Research Center. Septima P. Clark worked with both Jenkins (a South Carolina activist) and Horton (the director of the Highlander Folk School) to aid in the development of social justice and adult education programs across the South.

"If you like the way things are, then make them better, don't become complacent; but if you don't—change them."

Esau Jenkins

Esau Jenkins led a life of wanting more and better for himself, his family and his community. He recognized the inequalities in his life and those of fellow African-Americans and came to institute programs to overcome those hardships and injustices. Part of our work includes continuing to bring awareness to these inequalities, and actively working together to design a better future.

We hope these resources will help you become more determined to enact change in your own community!


Annexation RESOURCES

Annexation means incorporating your property into City limits.  
It is the process of transferring parcels of land from unincorporated areas of a county into the service area and jurisdiction of a city. Properties brought into the City receive City garbage pickup, emergency services, public services and much more.

To incorporate a home into the City of Charleston, the property must be:

◉ Approved by the City Council

◉ Contiguous or “touching” the city limits

◉ Located on the City side of the Urban Growth Boundary

Annexation Fees

Annexation is free. Eligible homeowners simply fill out an application and submit it to the City of Charleston Planning Division at the address listed on the form. Next, your application is read by City Council and the Planning Commission for approval. Once approved, we will send you a welcome letter and brochure of City services. We will contact your service providers (i.e. CWS, Fire, Police, Trash, etc) for you.


Ecological Impact of I526 EXTENSION

Here, board member, Phil Dustan discusses the impacts of the I-526 extension on Charleston’s waterways and estuaries, and provides historical and ecological context for the relationship between the land and the sea in Charleston, which he has studied for over 4 decades. 

Determining jurisdictional boundaries on the island include:

Use THE SCDOT STREETFINDER TOOL to determine who is responsible for maintaining a specific road.

Support resources for active citizens


In the first video, board member, Phil Dustan briefly discusses planned unit developments (PUD) and its direct affects on the environment and its residents, who are often subject to flooding and disasters, including foundational issues as a result of

In the second video, Phil discusses why the City of Charleston should not increase Base Flood Elevation from +1 to +2 feet.



Robbie Robbins
Elected official overseeing all of SCDOT

Robert Clark
District 6 Supervisor
Oversees several counties, including Charleston

Charleston County Roads

Jim Armstrong
Deputy County Administrator
Oversees all county road projects

Devri Detoma
Project Manager
Project manager for Johns Island road projec