Wednesday, December 20, 2017

McLeod presents Christmas Through the Eyes of the Enslaved Sat. Dec. 30

Not to be forsaken

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Dec 20, 2017 at 3:53 PM

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McLeod Plantation doesn't brush history under the rug.

The Charleston County Park and Recreation historic site discusses every aspect of its history — from the big house to the slave quarters. As McLeod's website says, "McLeod Plantation was built on the riches of sea island cotton — and on the backs of enslaved people whose work and culture are embedded in the Lowcountry’s very foundation. It is a living tribute to the men and women and their descendants that persevered in their efforts to achieve freedom, equality, and justice."

That's why the cultural interpreters at McLeod thinks it's important to demonstrate what Christmas was like for slaves — there were between 75 and 100 slaves on the grounds in 1860 — on the plantation in their program, Christmas Through the Eyes of the Enslaved, held on Sat. Dec. 30 at 10:30 a.m.

Part of the site's monthly "Unveiling McLeod" series, this tour leads guests through the slave quarters of McLeod, describing what kinds of traditions the enslaved may have taken part in, from storytelling to secretly reading (reading was strictly forbidden after the 1822 Vesey Rebellion), to sewing and singing.

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