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Archive for July, 2008

Charleston, SC Old Slave Market (Old Slave Mart)

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

It’s a somber switch to write one week about independence and the next to write about slavery. Such is the dichotomy of the history of our country. Freedom was established early for some, but not all. We can take pride and solace in the fact that over the generations that idea of freedom has been expanded to all citizens. It’s a somber feeling to be in the Old Slave Market of Charleston. I remember visiting there about 12 years ago. It’s very humbling and there is a sense of heartbreak and pain in every stone. I seem to recall being left speechless just being there.

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South Carolina Independence Day Events | Declaration of Independence Reading

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

I ran across this listing at and thought you might find it interesting. I wish everyone a happy and thoughtful observance of our Nation’s Birthday.

South Carolina 4th of July Events.

Also… I have made a habit in recent years of listening to a reading of the Declaration of Independence on the 4th of July. I’m particularly fond of the reading by the Jefferson interpreter at Monticello. Scroll down on Monticello podcasts page to Jefferson’s Words: Two Declarations and hear Bill Barker’s reading of the Declaration of Independence. (Direct mp3 link here.)