Slave row center of black history observance in SC


By Jonathan Oh

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — An old slave row is the centerpiece of black history month observations at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens near Charleston.

Beginning Saturday, historians, artisans, genealogists and storytellers will gather to tell the experience of blacks at the plantation. The storytelling will take place each Saturday.

The slave dwellings were occupied from 1850 until the late 20th century. Five years ago, the four cabins were renovated to represent different periods from slavery and Reconstruction through the Jim Crow era and the civil rights movement.

Each Saturday in February, one cabin will be featured and there will be food and craft demonstrations, storytellers, children's activities and cabin tours.

There will also be live music and walks through the nearby cemetery where blacks who cultivated Magnolia's gardens are buried.

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