It’s the place where freedom literally began — Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park, affectionately known to native and local islanders as “Mitchelville.”
It might be well known that South Carolina played a major part in the foundational elements of the Civil War, but Beaufort County, and especially Hilton Head and Bluffton, were pivotal players in the Union’s victory.
Penn School — located on St. Helena Island — was built and developed by Northern missionaries Laura M. Towne and Ellen Murray. It was among the initial schools opened as part of the movement to aid the difficult transition from slavery to freedom.
Whether you are a lifelong local or passing through for a visit, check out six of the area’s Black history learning centers that honor the heritage of the Black people whose stories have defined our past and continue to write our future.
How much do you really know about significant Native Islanders who lived between the late 1800s and 2000?
In 1864 Many Black families were left to drown. Here’s the story of the Ebenezer Incident.
Many enslaved South Carolina men earned their freedom through service.
Island secrets Story by Michele Roldán-Shaw + Illustrations by Maddie Batey There are hundreds of islands in Beaufort County, ranging…
The Sea Islands are constantly changing, as are their inhabitants. Story by Richard Thomas + illustration by Megan Goheen Sea…
This family farm on St. Helena Island embodies the history and customs of Sea Island residents. Story + Photography By…