Two Charleston sites rooted in slavery accepted to global coalition for historic education (The Post and Courier)

Two Charleston County sites with histories rooted in slavery have been accepted into an international coalition of places that connect the past and the present in thoughtful ways.

McLeod Plantation on James Island and the Caw Caw Interpretive Center in Ravenel, both operated by Charleston County Parks, are the first historic sites in South Carolina to be included in the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, a global network of historic sites, museums and memorials.

The Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission’s focus on African American history started more than 15 years before McLeod’s opening with the Caw Caw Interpretive Center, which was once part of several rice plantations.

It’s also a site of the 1739 Stono Rebellion, the largest uprising of enslaved people in the British mainland colonies. The park, which includes hiking trails and history exhibits, has been submitted to be listed as a National Historic Landmark.  

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