Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World Program, College of Charleston

CLAW was established to promote scholarship on the Lowcountry, the Atlantic World, and the connections between the two. The Program in the Carolina Lowcountry and the Atlantic World is a keystone initiative in the College of Charleston’s on-going effort to internationalize and broaden its curriculum.

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Former CofC Administrator Lucille Whipper Remembered as a Trailblazer 09/01/2021

Former CofC Administrator Lucille Whipper Remembered as a Trailblazer

Former CofC Administrator Lucille Whipper Remembered as a Trailblazer Former South Carolina state representative and College of Charleston administrator Lucille Simmons Whipper died last week at the age of 93. CofC President Andrew Hsu honored Lucille Whipper with the College's Founders' Medal during an event in January of 2020. A

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Research scientist William Rankin is an award-winning cartographer who maintains the website Radical Cartography. He created this remarkable interactive map of slavery in the north on a town-by-town basis, based on the 1790 census.

Note that there were no reports of enslaved people in Massachusetts in that first national census, which was conducted 7 years after a series of court decisions began the long, slow process of ending legal slavery here. However, enslavement in Massachusetts is documented in court cases, wills, and probate inventories into the 19th century.

In response to several questions about the lack of enslaved people in Massachusetts, here's an excerpt from The Life of Jeremy Belknap, 1847 suggesting collusion among enslavers and the census-taker:

“In 1790, a census was ordered by the General Government then newly established, and the Marshal of the Massachusetts district had the care of making the survey. When he inquired for slaves, most people answered none, – if anyone said that he had one, the marshal would ask him whether he meant to be singular, and would tell him that no other person had given in any. The answer then was, ‘If none are given in, I will not be singular;’ and thus the list was completed without any number in the column for slaves.” -- archive.org/details/jeremybelk00belk/page/164-165

For project details and the interactive version of the map, go to
http://www.radicalcartography.net/index.html and ignore the 404 warning, then on the left menu click PROJECTS, BROWSE BY PROBLEMATIC, SOCIAL STATISTICS, SLAVERY IN THE NORTH. (If anyone finds a more direct route, please let us know!)

1800s Charleston synagogue unveils plaque to honor slaves who helped build it 08/31/2021

1800s Charleston synagogue unveils plaque to honor slaves who helped build it

1800s Charleston synagogue unveils plaque to honor slaves who helped build it Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim in Downtown Charleston has a new plaque outside of the temple. It honors the enslaved African Americans who helped rebuild it following a fire in 1838. The plaque reads: "There is no atonementfor transgressions of one human being against another until that person has reconci...

Gullah Food Festival 08/29/2021

Gullah Food Festival

Gullah Food Festival 5th Annual Gullah Food Festival.

Tours at Former US Plantations Focus on Telling Truth About Enslavement 08/29/2021

Tours at Former US Plantations Focus on Telling Truth About Enslavement

Tours at Former US Plantations Focus on Telling Truth About Enslavement Many tours on former plantations in the American South have focused on wealthy white landowning families and glossed over the people who were enslaved.

Tours at Former US Plantations Focus on Telling Truth About Enslavement 08/29/2021

Tours at Former US Plantations Focus on Telling Truth About Enslavement

Tours at Former US Plantations Focus on Telling Truth About Enslavement Many tours on former plantations in the American South have focused on wealthy white landowning families and glossed over the people who were enslaved.

Sailing While Black | 64 Parishes 08/28/2021

Sailing While Black | 64 Parishes

Sailing While Black | 64 Parishes ugustus Smith was a free black sailor employed in Caribbean and Atlantic trade during the mid-nineteenth century. On August 18, 1840, shortly after his arrival from Boston, policemen patrolling the New Orleans levee arrested Smith on the charge that he was a fugitive slave. They ushered him to one o...

The Powder Magazine | Charleston, SC | colonial history 08/28/2021

The Powder Magazine | Charleston, SC | colonial history

The Powder Magazine | Charleston, SC | colonial history The Powder Magazine is South Carolina's oldest public building and now hosts a colonial military history museum.

Ancestry® Adds Freedmen’s Bureau Collection to Search for Formerly Enslaved People for Free 08/25/2021

Ancestry® Adds Freedmen’s Bureau Collection to Search for Formerly Enslaved People for Free

Ancestry® Adds Freedmen’s Bureau Collection to Search for Formerly Enslaved People for Free This addition of more than 3.5 million records can help descendants of previously enslaved people in the U.S. learn more about their families.

Tours at Former US Plantations Focus on Telling Truth About Enslavement 08/25/2021

Tours at Former US Plantations Focus on Telling Truth About Enslavement

Tours at Former US Plantations Focus on Telling Truth About Enslavement Many tours on former plantations in the American South have focused on wealthy white landowning families and glossed over the people who were enslaved.

08/24/2021

The Gullah Museum of Hilton Head presents the 5th Gullah Food Festival. The purpose of this function is to maintain Gullah customs, traditions, language, stories, songs and structures on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. This event will include Gullah storytellers, Gullah music, Gullah songs, community speakers, face painting, and Gullah games & story books for children. It is a rain or shine event.

Help us to share!
www.gullahmuseumhhi.org

How Caribbean Islands Played A Part In The European Conquest On North America 08/24/2021

How Caribbean Islands Played A Part In The European Conquest On North America

How Caribbean Islands Played A Part In The European Conquest On North America From the export of luxury goods and slaves to piracy, the Caribbean islands were tied to the expansion and economic development of North America.

Confederate Slave Payrolls 08/23/2021

Confederate Slave Payrolls

Confederate Slave Payrolls Today’s post comes from Rachel Bartgis, conservator technician at the National Archives at College Park, Maryland. During the U.S. Civil War, the Confederate Army required enslavers to loan their e…

08/23/2021

An estimated 4,000 enslaved Africans in Chesapeake Bay (Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC), Georgia, Louisiana and the Spanish Florida region in the US accepted the British offer of refuge from enslavement in exchange for fighting in a section of the Royal Navy called the Corps of Colonial Marines.

Launched on May 18th 1814, the Corps of Colonial Marines quickly grew in size and was divided into six batches or “companies.” Their participation in the War of 1812 included service on ships and as spies, labourers and messengers, as well as their involvement in various battles. British naval records show that the Colonial Marines provided invaluable service to the British forces due their extensive knowledge of the territories.

When the war ended in 1815, the men were sent to a British Naval dockyard in Bermuda. While there, the Colonial Marine Corps were offered a choice of either serving in a unit of the British Army called the West India Regiment (WIR), or being settled as free men in a British colony. Having experienced the violence and trauma of slavery and war, most refused to join the West India Regiment and as such, the Colonial Marines Corps was formally disbanded on August 20th, 1816.

Almost 2,000 of these refugees and their families went to Canada, settling in Quebec, Ontario and Nova Scotia. Others were subsequently settled in Trinidad, where there was a need for new labour.

This photo of a map showing the movement of the Merikens is courtesy of the book “The Merikins: Free Black American Settlers in Trinidad, 1815-16” (2002) by John McNish Weiss.

References:

NATT Exhibition on the Merikins, available in PDF format on our website via https://natt.gov.tt/sites/default/files/pdfs/Celebrating-the-Merikins.pdf.

Dunkley, Tina Maria. The Merikins: Forgotten Freedom Fighters in the War of 1812. Plain Vision Publishing, 2015.

Weiss, John McNish. The Merikens: Free Black American Settlers in Trinidad 1815-16. McNish & Weiss, 2002.

These books are part of the National Archives of Trinidad and Tobago’s Reference Library.

#nationalarchivestt #nationalarchives #knowyourhistory #trinidadandtobago #caribbeanhistory #blackhistory #merikinhistory #britishwestindiaregiment

Germany returns 3,000-year-old Olmec statues to Mexico 08/22/2021

Germany returns 3,000-year-old Olmec statues to Mexico

Germany returns 3,000-year-old Olmec statues to Mexico The busts will be returned to Mexico after a court battle lasting almost a decade went in its favour.

Census shows Charleston city and county losing Black residents 08/22/2021

Census shows Charleston city and county losing Black residents

Demographic change continuing apace in the Carolina Lowcountry.

Census shows Charleston city and county losing Black residents This contradicts the national trend. Across the U.S., most major cities have become more diverse. Several have become majority non-White.

Prospect of reparations sparks tension as Charleston seeks to atone for sins of slavery 08/21/2021

Prospect of reparations sparks tension as Charleston seeks to atone for sins of slavery

Legacy of slavery still being felt in Charleston, SC.

Prospect of reparations sparks tension as Charleston seeks to atone for sins of slavery “If something is damaged, then it needs repair. It’s that simple,” a councilman said. “Charleston — and this state — must lead this fight. We have to lead the fight because we led in the oppression of a people.”

South Africa's bandit slaves and the rock art of resistance 08/21/2021

South Africa's bandit slaves and the rock art of resistance

South Africa's bandit slaves and the rock art of resistance Runaway slaves joined indigenous Khoe-San people and raided colonial farms. The rock art they left in their hideouts tells a fascinating story.

An Afro-Atlantic History Exhibition Is Coming to the National Gallery of Art Next Year 08/21/2021

An Afro-Atlantic History Exhibition Is Coming to the National Gallery of Art Next Year

An Afro-Atlantic History Exhibition Is Coming to the National Gallery of Art Next Year "Afro-Atlantic Histories" marks a departure for the gallery.

08/20/2021

You’re invited to join the new Gullah Geechee Tourism Alliance!

We are excited about bringing together business, tourism bureaus, cultural institutions, residents, and the Gullah Geechee community for discussions and planning around the topic of boosting tourism along the Corridor.

Our goals for the alliance are to: 1) connect the people and organizations involved in tourism around the Gullah Geechee culture or are interested in becoming involved; 2) create a forum where these individuals and organizations can share information, ideas, and best practices; 3) establish a network that can find areas for collaboration on product development, strategies, and marketing.

We are planning our first virtual meeting for Wednesday,
August 25 at 2:00 pm ET, and would like for you to be a part!

Please register using this link: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpcOqhpj0sE9TIyNTuRxyaIxlzX6k0m0S6

This is a new alliance so we welcome your ideas for what it might achieve. Please send us your ideas and any comments to [email protected]

08/19/2021

Native White southerners who supported the Republicans during Reconstruction were dubbed “scalawags” by White Democrats to convey their contempt for “traitors to their race.” 💨 Wade Hampton described scalawags as “mean, lousy, and filthy kine that are not fit for butchers or dogs.”

📍 Why were White Republicans vilified by White Democrats? What motivated native Whites to align with Black South Carolinians? How did scalawags impact democracy? What happened to them?

Now available in paperback: Hyman Rubin III’s 📚 South Carolina Scalawags 📚 bit.ly/scscalawags

Britain’s Idyllic Country Houses Reveal a Darker History 08/19/2021

Britain’s Idyllic Country Houses Reveal a Darker History

Britain’s Idyllic Country Houses Reveal a Darker History Great estates are among the country’s treasures. But their connections to slavery and colonialism are forcing visitors to reckon with myths they may not want to abandon.

New program aims to help Gullah Geechee keep their land 08/19/2021

New program aims to help Gullah Geechee keep their land

New program aims to help Gullah Geechee keep their land Coming off the heels of passing two land management ordinances just a few weeks back, another step forward was made Thursday that will help Gullah Geechee people preserve their land and culture.

Gullah Society, protector of Black burial grounds, dissolves, but its 'work can continue' 08/18/2021

Gullah Society, protector of Black burial grounds, dissolves, but its 'work can continue'

For those curious about the dissolving of the Gullah Society . . .

Gullah Society, protector of Black burial grounds, dissolves, but its 'work can continue' The city of Charleston, Preservation Society and others are striving to continue the work of protecting cemeteries. A new ordinance would empower the city to intervene when gravesites are discovered

Charleston, SC: American South, Caribbean North 08/18/2021

Charleston, SC: American South, Caribbean North

Charleston, SC: American South, Caribbean North Charleston’s foodways, language, folklore, art, architecture, and history all reveal connections to the Caribbean that shaped not only the city itself, but the entire South as a region and th…

08/16/2021

We are marking our 10th anniversary this month. The Project is committed to commemorating the lives of the two million captive Africans who perished during the Trans-Atlantic human trade. We also honor the ten million children, women, and men who survived and whose unpaid labor built the Americas.

This upcoming weekend, August 21st-23rd, we are observing our 10th anniversary with a three-day virtual program. We are timing this to conform to traditional Middle Passage history. Because of the increase in winds off the western coast of Africa during June through November, hurricane season was the primary period for transporting captives of the trans-Atlantic human trade.

Videos will be posted each day on our YouTube and pages with the following themes.

August 21st: Expressions of Remembrance
August 22nd: Middle Passage and MPCPMP History
August 23rd: MPCPMP 10th Anniversary and UN International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition

We hope you will join us next weekend, tune in for the videos, share your experience with our project, and pledge to honor and remember our ancestors.

Subscribe to us on YouTube or follow us here on Facebook to receive notifications when the programs are shared.

Our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcwgLU4rzj8g5dp4QcKm_gQ

LCWA Signature Series “Black Lives” | The College of Charleston, School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs Signature Series in 2021-2022 08/16/2021

LCWA Signature Series “Black Lives” | The College of Charleston, School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs Signature Series in 2021-2022

LCWA Signature Series “Black Lives” | The College of Charleston, School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs Signature Series in 2021-2022 What is Black Lives? July 28, 2021Uncategorizedsmithcn1 Black Lives is the 2021-2022 World Affairs Signature Series Sponsored by the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs. In the spirit of the Akan aphorism “Sankofa,” which emphasizes the importance of looking to the past to understan...

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Gullah Geechee Chef BJ Dennis Returns to Charleston 08/13/2021

Gullah Geechee Chef BJ Dennis Returns to Charleston

Gullah Geechee Chef BJ Dennis Returns to Charleston Lots of new projects on the horizon

Four Centuries of Barbadian Migration 08/13/2021

Four Centuries of Barbadian Migration

Four Centuries of Barbadian Migration Four centuries of historic Barbados migration

The Dark History of Indigo, Slavery's Other Cash Crop 08/12/2021

The Dark History of Indigo, Slavery's Other Cash Crop

The Dark History of Indigo, Slavery's Other Cash Crop Slavery followed indigo, a cash crop from which blue dye was made, around the world, until it was replaced by synthetic substitutes in the early 20th century.

Perspective | The historical preservation law that obscures history 08/12/2021

Perspective | The historical preservation law that obscures history

Lots in here of interest to CLAW fans.
(Ehren Foley has charge of the Carolina Lowcountry and the Atlantic World series for USC Press: https://uscpress.com/Carolina-Lowcountry-and-the-Atlantic-World

Perspective | The historical preservation law that obscures history At the South Carolina State House, the history of Reconstruction has been systemically erased from view.

Chef BJ Dennis creating menu for International African American Museum's cafe 08/11/2021

Chef BJ Dennis creating menu for International African American Museum's cafe

Chef BJ Dennis creating menu for International African American Museum's cafe Bernice Chu thought, why not turn the small snack bar area into a café serving African American inspired cuisine?

Whose Side Is the Supreme Court On? 08/11/2021

Whose Side Is the Supreme Court On?

One more review of _Justice Deferred_ by CLAW Executive Director Vernon Burton and veteran Civil Rights lawyer Armand Derfner.

Whose Side Is the Supreme Court On? Many people who came of age in the 1950s and 60s view the Supreme Court as a force for good when it comes to race. But the court has often been the most anti-progressive branch of the federal government.

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