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Henry Lacy Grant (1925-1990) was born in North Augusta, Georgia to Henry L. Grant and Lillie Lacy Grant. An ordained Episcopal
priest, Father Grant served the East Side community of Charleston, South Carolina for over twenty years as director of St.
John's Mission Center and priest of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. Father Grant is buried at Live Oak Memorial Gardens in
Charleston, South Carolina.
The collection consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings, compilations, and miscellaneous papers related to Grant's
work in the Episcopal Church and in the East Side of Charleston, including information regarding black Episcopalians in the
United States, conferences for the Diocese of South Carolina, papers regarding St. John's Mission Center (at old St. John's
Episcopal Church, Charleston) and its financial status, various outreach programs, papers regarding the renovation (1980s)
of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, and papers regarding the various civic and social organizations of which Grant was a member.
Photographs depict Grant at work among his parishioners and include photographs of his friends and associates, including an
autographed photo of South Carolina Representative James Clyburn.
Henry Grant Papers, 1964 - 1990
Grant, Henry Lacy.
Avery Research Center at the College of Charleston
Henry Lacy Grant (1925-1990), son of Henry L. Grant and Lillie Lacy Grant, was born in North Augusta, Georgia. A graduate
of Haines Normal and Industrial Institute in Augusta, GA he attended Voorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina, served in
the United States Army during World War II and continued his education at Johnson C. Smith University were he graduated in
1948. After earning a master's degree in political science from the University of Iowa, he earned a Bachelor's of Divinity
from Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary. An ordained Episcopal priest, Father Grant served the East Side community of Charleston,
South Carolina for over twenty years as director of St. John's Mission Center and priest of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church.
Father Grant died in 1990 and is buried at Live Oak Memorial Gardens in Charleston, South Carolina.
The papers consist of correspondence, newspaper clippings, compilations, and miscellaneous papers related to Grant's work
in the Episcopal Church and in the East Side of Charleston, including information regarding black Episcopalians in the United
States and conferences for the Diocese of South Carolina, papers regarding St. John's Mission Center (at old St. John's Episcopal
Church, Charleston) and its financial status and various outreach programs, papers regarding the renovation (1980s) of St.
Stephen's Episcopal Church, and papers regarding the various civic and social organizations of which Grant was a member. Photographs
depict Grant at work among his parishioners and include photographs of his friends and associates, including an autographed
photo of Representative James Clyburn (Democrat, SC).
See also video tape in Avery's Video Collection "Father Henry Grant, St. John's Episcopal Mission Center."
With funeral program of Lillie Lacy Grant; souvenir booklet from the Old Storm Branch Baptist in Clearwater, South Carolina
for the post bicentennial anniversary, with pictures of Grant; and printed programs from the Centennial Reunion of the Haines
Normal and Industrial Institute Alumni Association.
Box 1 Folder 2
Miscellaneous printed matter, 1978
Includes photocopies of newspaper clippings about Grant, programs and newsletter regarding speeches given by Grant, and copy
of the Congressional Record containing newspaper article about Grant.
Box 1 Folder 3
Certificates and awards
Given to Grant by fraternal, religious, and other organizations.
Box 1 Folder 4
Miscellaneous papers, 1973
Includes Grant's appointment calendar and drawings by children.
Includes printed program for its dedication service, certified copy of Corporation Account, list of Board of Directors, and
information regarding staff experience and qualifications.
Box 2 Folder 2
Includes letters regarding Grant and beneficiaries and employees of St. John's Mission
Box 2 Folder 3
Donation information, 1966-1982
Includes receipts for clothing purchased for beneficiaries of St. John's and letters from donors and thank you notes for donations
to St. John's.
Box 2 Folder 4
Miscellaneous financial papers
Material related to tax exemption and annual budgets; guidelines for bookkeeping; and correspondence regarding financial agreements
with the Charleston County Economic Opportunity Commission (OEO) and the Charleston Youth Services Bureau; and funding from
various grant sources.
Box 2 Folder 5
Adult Daycare and Senior Citizens Programs, 1979
Includes printed program for dedication, correspondence regarding funding, papers regarding government standards for licensing,
service provision logs with names of clients, and memo of understanding with Charleston OEO for loan of bus.
Box 2 Folder 6
Manpower Projects, Job Training Program, and Child Development Center, 1978
Includes letter to Lonnie Hamilton (Chairman, Charleston County Council) regarding continuation of manpower projects; with
organizational chart for St. John's.
Box 2 Folder 7
Talent Search, Upward Bound Programs and Boy Scouts Program, 1978
For youth education and empowerment; includes applications for federal assistance; grant proposals for physical improvement
of St. John's and of Camp Baskerville on Pawley's Island; and charter and Pack Roster for Cub Scout group.
Box 2 Folder 8
Camp Baskerville: Operation Compenso
A residential summer program for low-income youth, includes descriptions of program, blank application forms, list of prospective
staff members, curriculum proposal for an individualized math program for Operation Compenso, articles from educational magazines
and Episcopalian newsletter, and handwritten tribute to Grant.
Box 2 Folder 9
Operation Compenso: Correspondence, 1977
Includes letters to and from universities interested in sending students to staff the program, letter to U.S. Department of
Agriculture contesting an unfavorable evaluation of the program's food services, and letters to schools and parents of campers.
Box 2 Folder 10
South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS): Title XX Funds, 1978-1980
Includes application proposal and acceptance letter for Title XX Funds, amendment to 1978 contract between St. John's and
DSS, and Transcript Record of court case involving St. John's and DSS regarding alleged DSS breach of contract for provision
of technical services.
Box 2 Folder 11
Includes magazine article and photocopied clippings regarding impact of Grant and St. John's on Charleston's Eastside community.
Box 2 Folder 12
Miscellaneous papers, 1970
Includes brief history of the East Side prepared for a City of Charleston's grant proposal, map of East Side, and demographic
statistics for the East Side
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Athenians Club, and Rotary Club, 1984
Includes clipping of Kappa's Corner; membership roster of Athenians Club, and Rotary Club receipt.
Box 3 Folder 5
Charleston County Economic Opportunity Commission (OEO), 1972-1974
Includes copy of OEO grant to the Medical University of South Carolina for operation of Franklin C. Fetter Family Health Center
and related correspondence including letter of resignation of Leroy Anderson, Fetter Center director.
Box 3 Folder 6
Sea Island Health Care Corporation, 1975-1978
Includes list of board members and copy of the Continuation Proposal for Comprehensive Health Services for the Five Sea Islands
of Charleston County, South Carolina.
Box 3 Folder 7
Regarding boards on which Grant served: Citizens and Southern National Bank of South Carolina, Voorhees College, Metro Charleston
Chapter of the March of Dimes, Carolina Youth Development Center.
Includes thank you letters to Grant and letter to Bill Saunders of the Committee on Better Racial Assurance (COBRA) from Chief
of Police John Conroy denying police brutality; with unrelated police report.
Includes an autographed photo of Representative James Clyburn with South Carolina Governor John C. West, numerous photos of
Grant at work among his parishioners, photos of children and counselors and teachers involved in summer programs and kindergarten
class, photos of Grant with friends and associates including members of the Athenian Club, photos of a damaged tombstone in
graveyard of St. John's Mission Center, and photos from Grant's funeral.
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of most archival materials.
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[Identification of item], Henry Grant Papers, Avery Research Center, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, USA.