Holocaust Torah No. 808
Hilton Head has long depended on the avian world.
On the shallow shelf outside the entrance to Port Royal Sound in depths of 10 to 60 feet of water are the remains of over 40 shipwrecks from various periods, most within a three-to-five-mile radius of the mouth of the Sound.
It’s the place where freedom literally began — Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park, affectionately known to native and local islanders as “Mitchelville.”
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.
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.
Many enslaved South Carolina men earned their freedom through service.
In 1864 Many Black families were left to drown. Here’s the story of the Ebenezer Incident.
How much do you really know about significant Native Islanders who lived between the late 1800s and 2000?
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.