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Department of History


Eboni Belton

Title: Graduate Student
Public History, MA
Department: History
College of Arts and Sciences
Headshot of Eboni Belton

Advisor: Dr. Bobby Donaldson

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Education: B.A. in History (University of South Carolina, August 2021)

Bio: Eboni is a native of Columbia, South Carolina. Her interest is in African-American History, specifically the Civil Rights Movement. Her undergraduate research also focused on Civil Rights History in South Carolina. She developed two research projects. The first examined the career of Mattie Belton DeLaine, a distant relative who joined her husband, the Reverend J. A. DeLaine, in leading the Briggs v. Elliott legal campaign in Summerton, South Carolina. For her Senior Seminar, Eboni’s final research project focused on the ministry and civil rights activism of Frederick Calhoun James, a retired one-hundred-year-old Bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Her paper chronicled Bishop James’ leadership in civil rights activities in South Carolina and around the nation, especially in his capacity as the Director of Social Action for the AME Church.

Eboni currently works as Weekend Staff at Historic Columbia where she conducts interpretive tours of five historic homes: Museum of Reconstruction at the Woodrow Wilson Family Home, Hampton-Preston Mansion, Mann-Simons Site, Robert Mills House, and Modjeska Monteith Simkins House. She also works as a Tour Associate for Columbia SC 63: Our Story Matters and is a Research Assistant for the University of South Carolina’s Center for Civil Rights History and Research. 

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