Friday, April 24, 2015

South Carolina's McLeod Plantation Museum Tells the Story of the South

By Eve Kahn
Slave quarters at the McLeod Plantation, which has been turned into a museum on the outskirts of Charleston, S.C. Credit Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission
SOUTH CAROLINA---A new museum on the outskirts of Charleston, S.C., will focus on the lives of slaves owned by middle-class farmers. The McLeod Plantation, which opens to the public on Saturday, is set on 37 acres a few miles from a downtown wharf where newly arrived Africans were sold.  It went through a half-dozen owners before the Civil War, including several slave traders. The largely unfurnished buildings, Mr. Halifax said, are meant to encourage visitors “to have their own almost spiritual connection to the site, without it being cluttered by things.” [link]