Best Reclamation of Heritage 

Scanlonville, Mt. Pleasant

The quiet Mt. Pleasant neighborhood of Scanlonville (a.k.a. Remley's Point) may seem like a nice enough marsh-front community to those few who even know it's there, but it's actually a culturally valuable community with a deep and fascinating history dating back to the 18th century. Scanlonville's heritage was almost irrecoverably disturbed during a recent legal battle between longtime residents and a local developer. At the center of the controversy was a modest but beloved cemetery (some graves were still clearly marked, and others were barely visible). The Charleston-based film organization ChasDOC shed some light on the community with the release of a feature-length documentary titled Bin Yah: There's No Place Like Home, which touched on the history and struggles of the Gullah-Geechee communities of East Cooper. Last spring, the town of Mt. Pleasant declared an official dedication for the Scanlonville cemetery, setting aside land for public use, and the local courts declared the graveyard was not abandoned at all. The families of Scanlonville were victorious.

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