CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The Historic Charleston Foundation and the Mosquito Beach community will delve into the untold stories of the area during their History harvest event.
The event will take place on Oct. 27, 2018 at the Seashore Farmers Lodge, 1745 Sol Legare Road, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Those who experienced Mosquito Beach from the 1950s through today are invited to bring photographs, souvenirs, memorabilia and their recollections to help organizers better understand and ultimately share the history of this important place through a National Park Service African American Civil Rights Grant.
The History Harvest will include demonstrations and activities including: the 54th Massachusetts Reenactment Regiment of African-American troops, net making demonstrations, sweetgrass basket making, food vendors and tours of the historic Seashore Farmers Lodge. Most importantly, historians will collect stories and materials shared by interested attendees. An oral history interview booth, hosted by HCF, will be available for those eager to share memories of times spent at Mosquito Beach.
HCF’s application for “Documenting and Sharing the History of Mosquito Beach and its Role in the Civil Rights Movement” was awarded a prestigious grant by the National Park Service. The project will highlight how a small Gullah Geechee community successfully navigated the Jim Crow south and provided African Americans with a safe sanctuary community in which to live, play and enjoy themselves even within the confines of a segregated society. A strip of marshland on Sol Legare Island/James Island, now in the heart of the federally recognized Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, became a welcoming destination for African Americans who were not permitted to visit other local recreational areas.