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 cit...

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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 tha...

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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...

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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 Cha...

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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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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 a...

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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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Abraham the Unstoppable, Part 3

March 1, 2019

Today we continue our narrative of the enslaved man Abraham by following his perilous solo trek from the Cherokee mountains of eastern Tennessee to the coastal port of Charleston, with a few pit stops along the way. Promised freedom if he could co...

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The Green Book for Charleston, 1938-1966

February 22, 2019

The Oscar buzz surrounding the 2018 film, Green Book, has generated a lot of public interest in the publication that inspired the name of the movie. Charleston isn’t part of the film’s 1962 storyline, but our community was definitely included ...

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Abraham the Unstoppable, Part 2

February 15, 2019

Abraham, an enslaved “Negro” man belonging to an Indian trader named Samuel Benn, was an obscure witness to the escalating tensions between Anglo-American forces in South Carolina and the Cherokee people who lived far to the west of their sett...

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