Word has come from Harriet Johnson’s family that they are planning to hold a memorial/celebration of Harriet’s life on Sunday, August 17, at 2:00 p.m., somewhere in Charleston.

They are also planning to establish a scholarship fund in Harriet’s name at the University of South Carolina Law School. People may choose to make contributions in memory of Harriet.

I’m told that details about both of the above will follow soon… I’ll post any information I receive. For now, this is all I know.

Laura Hershey

6 Responses to “Memorial plans”
  1. Thank you so so much Laura for this celebration page and all the photos. I have a few I’ll gladly contribute including another from your visit. It was great you could be. It meant so much to Harriet. We have another date upcoming too as Harriet’s Labor Day protest is Sept. 1. Maybe it could become an annual Harriet day that keeps her message and spirit alive. I’m so sorry for loss, Laura. It’s just so hard to believe she’s gone. Please stay in touch.



    John R. Polito
    (843) 849-9721

  2. I just wondered what the Memorial for Harriet was like and how it went? Seems to be little news here and on the listservs. Just wanted to kep in touch on Harriet and her family. And, of course labor day is coming. Are there plans for a protest in Charleston in Harriet’s memory?


  3. Myla Riggs says:

    A bittersweet memorial service was held in Charleston on Sunday, August 18. It was a very nice service with Harriet’s favorite Cuban music (The Serenata band) and a slide show of photos showing Harriet at all stages of her life (maybe we can get John Polito to forward that slide show to this website). The speakers were great – Harriet’s father, the Honorable Joseph P. Riley (Charleston’s Mayor), Jim Campbell, Dot Scott, Susan Dunn, Laura Hershey, Mike Ervin and the formal service concluded with a reading from Harriet’s book, Too Late to Die Young, (where she describes her feelings about death). Guests were given bumper stickers that read “We Shall Overcome In Memory of Harriet M. Johnson, July 8, 1957 – June 4, 2008.” Everyone was asked to provide a written memory of Harriet which will be compiled and distributed. Harriet would have loved to see 200+ of her closest friends and family all in Charleston at the same time.

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