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Susanna Ashton’s Slave narratives book – Thursday, Feb 24

Monday, February 21st, 2011

The Hub City bookstore (map) is hosting a talk by Susanna Ashton on her Slave narratives book. The talk will be Thursday February 24th at 5:30pm. Susanna Ashton is credited as editor of I Belong to South Carolina. More detail below the fold:

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South Carolina Cemetery Project Looking for Some Help

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

I received an email today about a site and project that I don’t think that I’ve seen before, it’s the SCCemetery GPS Mapping Project. They are trying to determine which of the cemeteries should be noted as being Black. There is a page setup listing those with burials of Americans of African Descent. They tell me that they have completed the State’s Golden Corner. Most all of Oconee, Pickens and Anderson are done although they do need help finishing Anderson County.

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South Carolina African American History Resources via sciway

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008 is an amazing online resource. I just found some fascinating links and references there related to South Carolina’s African American History. Among the highlights of the page (for myself at least…) A large pdf file listing African American historical sites in South Carolina. A list of distinguished SC African Americans. Festival and Event listing, a Gullah heritage and language page.

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LowCountry Africana – Documenting the history of African American Slaves in South Carolina

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

There’s a new site that’s dedicated to the genealogy of African Americans of the Lowcountry. The site is sponsored by the Magnolia Plantation Foundation of Charleston, SC and will be publishing records online of the African American slaves of plantations from the traditional rice growing areas of the low country of South Carolina, Georgia and even Northern Florida. (Covering the area of Gullah/Geechee culture.) The site is called LowCountry Africana. They have ambitious goals it appears, their first project will be putting online reconstructed family histories of the slaves of the Drayton family plantations.

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Finding Priscilla’s Children

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg, SC had a great story this past month of an exhibit at the South Carolina State Museum. The exhibit is called “Finding Priscilla’s Children” and focuses on the life of a slave child named Priscilla that was taken from Sierra Leone and at the age of 10 years old in 1756, sold at auction to Elias Ball, a South Carolina rice planter.

She died at 65 and was survived by 10 children….

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African American Genealogy Research

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Sometimes it’s easy to become spoiled. In researching my (white) ancestors, it is easily forgotten how much more challenging genealogy research might be if my ancestors were from Africa and not Europe. Of course, race divided our country very early on and in some ways it’s as clear in visiting Charleston’s old Slave Market as anywhere in the country. That much said, African American ancestry research can be very rewarding. Here’s a great example…

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