The Decline of Charleston’s Streetcars

The Decline of Charleston’s Streetcars

May 31, 2019

Electric streetcars or trolleys dominated the streets of Charleston at the turn of the twentieth century, but their long reign came to an ignominious end in 1938. Although the rise of the automobile certainly contributed to their demise, the resur...

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The Rise of Streetcars and Trolleys in Charleston

The Rise of Streetcars and Trolleys in Charleston

May 24, 2019

Horse-drawn streetcars and electric trolleys might today seem like quaint vestiges of the obsolete past, but the debut of Charleston’s first street railway in 1866 marked the beginning of a golden age of local mass transit. Since traffic is curren...

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The Charleston Riot of 1919

The Charleston Riot of 1919

May 10, 2019

Today marks the centenary of one of the biggest public disturbances in Charleston’s history—the so-called “race riot” of 1919. Late on the night of Saturday, May 10th, young white sailors fueled by racial hatred roamed the heart of the city, smash...

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Searching for the History of the Gaillard Graves

Searching for the History of the Gaillard Graves

May 3, 2019

The human remains discovered at the Gaillard Center construction site in February 2013 are returning to an earthly repose this weekend. As celebrations commence to honor those thirty-six people of African descent, let’s review the history of that ...

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Abraham the Unstoppable, Part 7

Abraham the Unstoppable, Part 7

April 25, 2019

In the climax of his dramatic story, Abraham’s efforts to bring hope to the garrison at Fort Loudoun ended in tragedy and despair. While assisting his comrades at Fort Prince George, Abraham dodged Cherokee bullets and flying tomahawks, and then r...

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Abraham the Unstoppable, Part 6

Abraham the Unstoppable, Part 6

April 12, 2019

Let’s return to the epic saga of the brave courier, Abraham the Unstoppable. Following the colonial army’s stinging, chaotic battle with the Cherokee in late June, 1760, Abraham carried devastating news back to the provincial government in Charl...

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Steamboating from Edisto to Charleston ca. 1900

Steamboating from Edisto to Charleston ca. 1900

April 5, 2019

Have you ever wondered what it was like to ride a steamboat from Edisto Island to Charleston around the turn of the twentieth century, before the arrival of the automobile? Today we’ll board the steamer Pilot Boy and make that journey with a you...

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Abraham the Unstoppable, Part 5

Abraham the Unstoppable, Part 5

March 29, 2019

As South Carolina shudders between the extremes of peaceful diplomacy and bloody warfare in the summer of 1760, the epic travels of Abraham the express rider continue along the knife edge between safety and danger. His great skills as an intrepid ...

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The Unmarked Grave of Ellen O’Donovan Rossa

The Unmarked Grave of Ellen O’Donovan Rossa

March 15, 2019

The death of Ellen O’Donovan Rossa, a poor Irish widow, in Charleston in September 1870 might have gone unnoticed by the world, but for the international notoriety of her distant, incarcerated son, Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa. His reputation as an ar...

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Abraham the Unstoppable, Part 4

Abraham the Unstoppable, Part 4

March 8, 2019

Stricken with the deadly smallpox, Abraham convalesced in Charleston in the late winter of 1760 before embarking on another round-trip journey carrying official messages through the dangerous Cherokee territory. Having witnessed grotesque scenes o...

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