Lowcountry group collecting, archiving stories of African-American culture

(Photo Source: Edisto Island Historic Preservation Society)
(Photo Source: Edisto Island Historic Preservation Society)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - People on Edisto and the Sea Islands will have a chance to tell their history of the African American culture, by sharing old pictures and documents that may be tucked away in their attics.

Gretchen Smith of the Edisto Island Historic Preservation Society says they will be offering to scan those pieces of history and make them a part of a digital library to be shared across the world.

The organization has been given a gr ant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Edisto organization's History Harvest Festival will likely be held in the fall of 2017.

According to Smith, the history of the plantation owners is known, but not nearly as much has been told on the African American side.

The organization's slave cabin, donated to the Smithsonian, will be the central focus of the new African American Museum when it opens on Washington, DC.

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