Prized Pieces of Land: The Impact of Reconstruction on African-American Land Ownership in Lower Richland County, South Carolina
Elizabeth Almlie, Angi Fuller Wildt, Ashley Bouknight, Amanda Bowman, Lee Durbetaki, Keri Fay, Haley Grant, Benjamin Greene, Nathan Johnson, Amanda Roddy, Sarah Scripps, and Morgen Young
This report is divided into five sections. The first section assesses the promise of Reconstruction for black South Carolinians in the years after the Civil War, and it situates thiscase study of the South Carolina Land Commission within that historical context. The second section examines in turn the seven tracts of land sold by the Land Commission in LowerRichland County. The research indicates that in two of the tracts, Hickory Hill and Hopkins, African-American families were able to purchase and retain significant acreage for well over acentury. Section three offers some concluding observations, as it presents a set of recommendations for preserving the extant properties of Lower Richland County associated withthe Land Commission sales and for interpreting this history to public audiences through museum exhibits and educational programming. The primary and secondary sources consulted in this study are listed in section four as a guide to further reading.
Keywords: African Americans -- Land tenure -- South Carolina -- Richland County -- History. African Americans -- South Carolina -- Richland County -- History. Land tenure -- South Carolina -- Richland County -- History. Richland County (S.C.) -- History.
Lindsay Crawford, Ashley Guinn, McKenzie Kubly, Lindsay Maybin, Patricia Shandor, Santi Thompson, and Louis Venters
This report is divided into six sections that present a history of African Americans in Camden, South Carolina from the perspective of historic preservation. The first three sections constitute the historical narrative, organized into three general time periods: the colonial period through the Civil War, emancipation and Reconstruction through the civil rights movement, and a short section on the recent past since about 1970. Within each of these sections, the report assesses political participation, economic life, the impact of war, education, religion, and the built environment. Section four offers a set of recommendations for how the information in this report can be used to encourage public education about black Camden and preservation of the city‘s African-American historic resources. The primary and secondary sources consulted in this study are listed in the bibliography in section five. The appendix in section six contains a map and database of black Camden in 1941, based on the treasure trove of information in the city directory of that year.
Keywords: Colonial Period, Civil War, Reconstruction, Civil Rights Movement, African Americans, History, Historic buildings, Conservation and restoration, South Carolina, Camden (S.C.), Race relations, History
Founded in 1975, the Public History Program at the University of South Carolina is one of the oldest public history programs in the United States. Over the years, its graduate students and faculty have undertaken a variety of collaborative class projects that have produced a wide-ranging set of public history reports related to historic preservation, cultural resource management, museums and historic site interpretation. To make these important publications available to a wider audience, the University Libraries are in the process of digitizing and uploading them as resources become available.
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