Prince Rivers Accepts the Colors

Photo courtesy of The Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

Washington Course - Charleston

Photo available from The Charleston Preservation Society.

Slave Row - Port Royal Island

Photo courtesy of The Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

Pension Card File of Shedrick Manago

Photo Courtesy of The National Archives and Records Administration, Washington,D.C.

The Greaves Map of Mitchelville

Photo courtesy of The Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Forgotten History: The Slave Cabins of Newport Plantation (2015)

Photo courtesy of Cherita Stokes-Watson
The dilapidated cabins of Newport Plantation were once home to Cherita Stokes Watson's ancestors, Elsie Norman (1846-1926) and Sarah Norman Stokes. The ground upon which both women toiled would become their final resting place. Sarah Norman would marry Lawrence Stokes eventually leaving Newport and starting a family of her own. Like many slave cabins, Newport's cabins were in use all the way up to the last half of the 20th century. These photos taken by Cherita Stokes Watson in 2015 show the modern conveniences right next to the cabins older architectural features. 

Last updated: 06/28/2018

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Wesley United Methodist Church Est. 1833 Beaufort, SC

"Unmarked graves in this church predate the sanctuary's inception (1833) Headstones of blacks and whites in this cemetery include the church's third pastor (1871) According to legend, these hallowed grounds contain the remains of former slaves, civil war soldiers, and some of Beaufort's earliest prominent citizens. This commemorative plaque recognizes the foundation they laid for others to build upon and is dedicated to all - known and unknown - who rest here in - Dedicated November 8, 2009.

Monday, February 16, 2015

This Week in Genealogy, You Won't Want To Miss...


Location: St. Helena Branch Library
Date & Time: Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 1:00pm – 3:00pm

A small gravestone on the USMC-Air Station Beaufort was the beginning of a decade long research project for Kimberley Morgan. Eventually Morgan's research led her to the research of Asouka Moore, a descendant of Stephen Binyard. Together these women have woven a presentation to show the true legacy of Binyard's life. This program is the highlight of the Beaufort District Collection's celebration of Black History Month. Please note: This program will be held at St. Helena Branch Library because we expect large attendance. Registration opens January 21, 2015. Registration Required. Call 255-6468 or e-mail

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

New Favorite Thing...

Root Digger Genealogy Corner
Honoring Ancestors Daily

RootDigger Genealogy Corner is a online newspaper where you can access the thoughts and interests of genealogist and author Yvette Porter Moore.  This edition contains links to articles like, "Preserve the Pensions: War of 1812 Pensions Project" by Marian Pierre-Louis, "4 Lesser Known Genealogical Sources" shared by OgleMedia and the video "A Short Introduction to Metis Genealogy."

Yvette Porter Moore, the founder of Root Digger  Genealogy Corner, is a native California. 

Now living in Arizona, the committed blogger shares not only her genealogy tips but mixes in a choice of topics related to important events in modern history, art and culture. 

Yvette Porter Moore
Click HERE to visit Root Digger Genealogy Corner!

Treat yourself to one of the web's best online family history resources!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Coming Soon!

The Early Life of Baby Washington

The book tells Baby Washington's story through census records, obituaries, newspaper articles, maps and interviews.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Lowcountry Africana, Family TYES of SC and The Phillip Simmons Foundation at the 2nd Annual Magnolia Plantation "History Fair"

CHARLESTON, S.C. - On Saturday, Jul 05, 2014, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens held its second annual History Fair.  For the second year in a row, the plantation held an entertaining and interactive weekend of performers, preservationists, and leaders in art and culture. Representatives from the participating organizations distributed information, made presentations and led activities that appealed to the amateur and the serious historian. Groups like Lowcountry Africana, Family TYES of SC and The Phillip Simmons Foundation are great examples of the foundation’s effort to find new and exciting ways to educate and empower history buffs of all ages.
Dr. Ade Ofunniyin, The Phillip Simmons Foundation greets a patron
Toni Carrier, Lowcountry Africana

Friday, July 4, 2014

Don't Miss!

Don't Miss the 2nd Annual Magnolia Plantation and Gardens "History Fair" showcase.  Thirty-one historic organizations will participate in the fair that begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. 

Presenters will include:  
The Barbados and Carolinas Legacy Foundation, Charles Towne Landing, Charleston Friends of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Fifty-fourth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Co. “I”, Civil War Reenactment Unit, Lowcountry Africana, National Park Service; Gullah/Geechee National Heritage Corridor; and Fort Sumter and Charles Pinckney sites, Old Slave Mart Museum, Philip Simmons Foundation, and the South Carolina Historical Society.
For more information on the event check out the article, "Magnolia Gardens “History Fair” Returns on July 5" on LowcountryBizSC.  Click here