Nikki Haley

Cellphone app to promote black history in South Carolina

A cellphone app could soon lead drivers to a plantation site near Lake City, the birthplace of jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie in Cheraw, and Rosenwald schools across the state.

A state commission is developing the app in hopes of encouraging drivers to explore African-American historic sites in rural South Carolina.

The idea is to "get people off of I-95 and I-77 ... and into the rural communities," said Jannie Harriot, vice chairman of the state's African-American Heritage Commission .

The app should be ready in January, just ahead of Black History Month. Hundreds of sites will be searchable by county or subject, including churches, schools and...