The purpose of the Rev. Joseph A. De Laine Memorial Fund is to honor the legacy of a civil rights champion and native son of South Carolina. Because of De Laine’s dedication, persistence, and sacrifice, 20 petitioners from South Carolina’s Clarendon County — buoyed by scores of supporters — sued for their children’s rights as American citizens. Their lawsuit, Briggs v. Elliott, was the first of five cases (collectively called Brown v. Board) that caused the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that the ‘separate but equal’ doctrine has no place in public education.

All donations to this fund will be used for commissioning, establishing, and maintaining a permanent memorial in the state of South Carolina to honor Rev. De Laine, Briggs plaintiffs, and Briggs supporters for their extraordinary contributions to the national landscape of racial equality.

The Rev. Joseph A. De Laine Memorial Fund is sponsored by Central Carolina Community Foundation which is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization recognized by the IRS. All donations made are tax-deductible.

If you are interested in making a stock gift, please follow the following steps:

1) Call Central Carolina Community Foundation at 803.254.5601 to request the brokerage account number and DTC#.
2) Instruct your broker to transfer the securities to the Foundation’s account.
3) Notify the Foundation of the pending transfer by contacting Kevin Patten at 803.978.7825 or [email protected]