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CHARLESTON WORLD HERITAGE COALITION

The Mission of the CWHC is to nominate iconic buildings and landscapes representative of the Charleston Lowcountry plantation-driven culture as a UNESCO World Heritage Site – the highest cultural and historic designation bestowed on a place or site. 

The UNESCO World Heritage List is comprised of 1031 natural and cultural sites that are deemed important to all mankind and was developed by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) to encourage international peace and cooperation, as well as help preserve sites of world significance. For more information and a complete list of World Heritage Sites, visit the UNESCO Website Here.

WHY? Charleston’s history is worthy of global recognition. This will be an opportunity to tell the whole story: the story of the infusion of African slaves and European immigrants in the creation of a booming, world-class colonial and antebellum metropolis.

World Heritage designation will also encourage:

  • International assistance in preservation and education
  • Worldwide recognition of local culture and arts
  • Sustainable urban development and tourism management
  • Global business investment

We invite you to JOIN THE MOVEMENT!

{Sign our petition or become a Coalition member (free) today!}

1031
UNESCO Sites In The World
23
Sites in America
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Minutes It Will Take To Become A Coalition Member
1000
Signatures Needed

Why Charleston?

Pride In Our Heritage,
Pride In Our Future

Creates Civic Pride

Communities that work together towards the fulfillment of shared goals are happier and more functional. World Heritage status is a permanent award that demonstrates that Charleston is a city with tremendous historical importance that’s also a great place to live! It will serve as a perpetual badge of honor for our city’s future generations.

Help Us Fulfill Our Plans

This project will help us meet objectives laid out in plans prepared by the City, such as the Century V Plan which recommends that we “build, maintain, and preserve an array of first class cultural facilities and sites” as well as “attract all types of businesses through targeted incentives, revenue generators and economic development engines.”

Revenue Generation

Innovative measures must be taken to improve the lives of our citizens through the creation of jobs in sustainable fields. It is vital that we obtain every tool possible to distinguish Charleston from our economic competitors when recruiting new business and industry – particularly in the international arena. The World Heritage brand is globally renowned.

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CWHC on Walter Edgar’s Journal

CWHC on Walter Edgar’s Journal

CWHC Executive Director Brittany Lavelle Tulla and CWHC Board Member Tom Tisdale recently sat down with South Carolina Public Radio’s Walter Edgar to discuss Charleston’s bid for World Heritage status. From the history of the rice culture and the Lowcountry sites that best represent the plantation system, to the benefits of World Heritage and the nomination…

CWHC TALK AT MOULTRIE MIDDLE SCHOOL

CWHC TALK AT MOULTRIE MIDDLE SCHOOL

On May 31, 2016, CWHC spoke to Ms. Davenport’s 8th grade SC history class at Moultrie Middle School on what is World Heritage and why Charleston is seeking a World Heritage designation. At the end of the talk, each student had a chance to write down what he or she thought was most unique about…

COALITION MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: TONY YOUMANS OF THE OLD EXCHANGE

COALITION MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: TONY YOUMANS OF THE OLD EXCHANGE

CWHC interns Meghan Pickens and Andrew Staton sat down with Tony Youmans, executive director of the Old Exchange Building and Provost Dungeon, to talk history and World Heritage. Nice button, Tony! What does your role as director entail? The word director is kind of a misnomer in that most of the time people believe that…

CWHC ATTENDS CONGRESSIONAL PILGRIMAGE

CWHC ATTENDS CONGRESSIONAL PILGRIMAGE

On March 19, 2016, CWHC Executive Director Brittany Lavelle Tulla and CWHC Vice Board Chair Ruthie Ravenel joined three-dozen members of Congress on the 2016 Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage during its stop in Charleston. The CHWC contingency used this time to connect with South Carolina and national political leaders to introduce Charleston’s World Heritage project…

IAAM AND CWHC FORM PARTNERSHIP

IAAM AND CWHC FORM PARTNERSHIP

The Charleston World Heritage Coalition is eager to announce its partnership with the International African American Museum (IAAM). This week, IAAM chairman Wilbur E. Johnson and former mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr., chair of the IAAM Construction Committee, signed an agreement with CWHC Chairman Stephen J. Ziff to assist and support one another in achieving…

MAPPUS INSURANCE MAKES FIRST OF TWO DONATION INSTALLMANTS OF $2,500 to CWHC PROJECT

MAPPUS INSURANCE MAKES FIRST OF TWO DONATION INSTALLMANTS OF $2,500 to CWHC PROJECT

The Charleston World Heritage Coalition is pleased to announce that Charleston-based insurance firm Mappus Insurance has made a generous donation in support of Charleston’s effort to obtain World Heritage status for historic sites in the Lowcountry. The $2,500 donation is the first of two installments Mappus has pledged to contribute throughout the course of the…

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