Originally created 02/05/06

Program focuses on the history of blacks at Redcliffe Plantation

The history of Redcliffe Plantation doesn't involve just the former governor who built it and the Time Life senior editor who donated the plantation to South Carolina.

"During the entire history of Redcliffe, there has been an African-American presence," said Trampas Alderman, an interpreter at the park in Beech Island.

At 10 a.m. Saturday, in conjunction with black history month, a program will focus on the lives and contributions of the blacks who lived and worked at Redcliffe, first as slaves and later as sharecroppers and house staff.

Mr. Alderman said Redcliffe has two programs each year that focus on the black presence at the plantation built by Gov. James Henry Hammond in 1859.

"We have this and Christmas in the Quarters," Mr. Alderman said.

Christmas in the Quarters focuses on how slaves would have spent the holidays at the plantation.

"This is a lot more in-depth in their daily lives," he said. "We talk basically about the rest of the year."

During the program, visitors will be able to participate in some hands-on activities such as artifact identification.

There are many items that have been found near the former slave quarters during excavations.

"They will get to see, and in some cases handle, certain items," he said.

Visitors will receive a booklet with information and photographs relating to the blacks who lived at Redcliffe. A tour of the Greek Revival mansion also is included.

For more information, call 827-1473.

Reach Charmain Z. Brackett at czbrackett@hotmail.com.

If You Go

What: The African-American Experience at Redcliffe Plantation

When: 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11

Where: Redcliffe Plantation, 181 Redcliffe Road, Beech Island

Cost: $6 adults, $4 children

Phone: 827-1473


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