Pre-Conference African American Heritage Bus Tour
Sponsored by National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom and Dominion Energy – SOLD OUT

Wednesday, October 2, 2019; 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM

The “Reconstruction/Gullah Geechee Beaufort ” Tour will focus on African-American Survival, Gullah Contributions, Reconstruction, the contributions of Harriett Tubman and African American legacy.
The tour will stop at the following sites:

Tabernacle Baptist Church located in Beaufort, SC was built by enslave individuals in 1840. In 1863 the local Gullah Geechee community began to use Tabernacle building as a house of Worship.

Robert Smalls burial site is located on the grounds of Tabernacle Baptist Church. In May 1862 Robert Smalls, an enslaved man, commandeered the Planter, a Confederate vessel, during the Civil War and turned it over to Union Forces

Reconstruction Era National Historic Site was established in January 2017. This National Park Site commemorates and celebrates the efforts, successes and failures of the Reconstruction period

Quakers and Northern missionaries founded Penn Center, known formerly as Penn School in 1862. It was one of the country’s first schools for formally enslaved individuals.

Brick Baptist Church served as the the first location of Penn School on St Helena Island. Quakers and Northern missionaries

Black History and Gullah Geechee Culture Tour of Charleston: Sponsored by Dominion Energy – SOLD OUT

Thursday, October 3, 2019; 7:00 AM – 11:45 AM

The City of Charleston Tour will focus on Black History and Gullah Geechee Culture.
The tour will include the following sites:

Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 110 Calhoun Street, is the oldest Black church in Charleston (founded 1818) and the oldest AME church in the South. The church’s rich history and its connection to the Denmark Vesey Slave Uprising of 1822 which led to the founding of The Citadel (The Military College of SC) will be included. 

The Aiken-Rhett Museum House, 48 Elizabeth Street, is a perfect example of urban slavery with slave cabins in the rear; the tour will cover its history and the roles enslaved Africans played in maintaining its existence. Built in 1820, it was the home of Governor William Aiken Jr., the third largest slave owner in Charleston and one of the wealthiest.

Blacksmith Philip Simmons and his ironwork

Grimke Sisters Home, Abolitionists (Sarah and Angelina Grimke), 321 East Bay Street: Their story inspired Sue Monk Kidd to write the book Invention of Wings

Old City Market, Market Street: Shops, restaurants, and local vendors sell their arts & crafts

Slave Auction Sites in the French Quarter including Old Exchange Building, Custom House, 122 East Bay Street, and the Old Slave Mart Museum, 6 Chalmers Street

Site of Jehu Jones’ Hotel, 73 Broad Street: Jehu Jones, a Free Black Man and a Slave Owner

Site of The Freedman’s Bank, 56-58 Broad Street: The first bank established for Free Blacks in Charleston after the Civil War

Broad & Meeting Streets: Known as the Four Corners of Law and listed in Ripley’s Believe It or Not. Each building on each corner represents a law, three of which were built by enslaved Africans.

Catfish Row, 89–91 Church Street: A Black tenement and the setting for George Gershwin’s opera Porgy & Bess

Miles Brewton House, 27 King Street, built in 1765: Miles Brewton was a slave trader who only enjoyed his Georgian Palladian Style home for 10 years as he and his family were lost at sea. The spike ironwork in front of the house was after the Denmark Vesey Slave Uprising of 1822.

Patrick O’Donnell House, 21 King Street: President Obama made a famous speech on the lower porch or piazza during the 2008 SC Primary which inspired him to mention the porches of Charleston during his inaugural address.

The Battery: The lower end of the city where the Ashley River meets the Cooper River

Old Jail, 15 Magazine Street and nearby site of the Work House

Old Marine Hospital, 20 Franklin Street: Home of Jenkins Orphanage (1895-1939), Charleston’s first Black orphanage, and the band that made the Charleston dance famous

Avery Normal School, 125 Bull Street: First secondary school for free Blacks after the Civil War

Denmark Vesey House, Bull Street

College of Charleston

Post-Conference African American Heritage Bus Tour
Sponsored by National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom and Dominion Energy – SOLD OUT

Sunday, October 6, 2019; 9:30 AM – 5:15 PM

The “Around Charleston” Tour will focus on African arrival, African survival, African diffusion and African legacy.
The tour will stop at the following sites:

McLeod Plantation located on James Island, South Carolina was established in 1851, it was best known for the production of Sea Island Cotton.  It still houses the original slave quarters dating back to mid-1800’s

Sullivan’s Island was a major entry point for the arrival of newly enslaved Africans during the 18th century

Fort Moultrie dates back to the American Revolutionary War. Located near Fort Moultrie was the pest house. The Pest Houses were established in the early 1700s to quarantine the newly arrived enslaved Africans to ensure that they were healthy, disease free and ready to be sold in Charleston.

House at Charles Pinckney National Historic Site – Charles Pinckney, one of the original drafters of the United States Constitution, owned the property that housed the Charles Pinckney Historical Site. The Charles Pinckney Historic Site demonstrates the role that enslaved Africans contributed to the development of The United States.