Black History Month 2018 #5

Ronald E. McNair Life History Center

Ken Pauli
February 12, 2018 - 4:00 am
Dr. Ronald E. McNair

Ronald E. McNair Life History Center


Our places to visit series for Black History Month continues with a location that’s bound to get the kids excited as it features a prominent African American astronaut.

Dr. Ronald E. McNair was a physicist and astronaut born in Lake City, South Carolina.  He died, along with 6 others, in the 1986 Challenger Space Shuttle explosion and is honored with the Ronald E. McNair Life History Center which opened in 2011. 

About a 3 hour day trip from the Upstate, visitors will see, through photography and artifacts, the story of Dr. McNair from his childhood to his death.  He held a fifth degree black belt and was also a saxophonist and composer. From an early age, McNair showed a fascination with science and math and overcame the discrimination of the 60’s South to pursue those interests.

Housed in Lake City’s old public library, the museum sits next to Dr. McNair’s gravesite along with a statue and square erected in his honor. Plans are in the works to expand the facility into a science and technology museum. 

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