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Charleston County and Lowcountry

Magnolia Plantation – The earliest Drayton plantation, dating from 1679, still owned by descendants of Rev. John Grimke-Drayton.

Drayton Hall – Built by John Drayton in 1738-42 but now owned and maintained by The National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Middleton Place – A plantation located on the Ashley River Road with connections to the Draytons.

Old Saint Andrew’s – The Drayton family worshipped here and many of the Draytons are buried here. Rev. John Grimke-Drayton was rector for 40 years during the 19th C, even keeping the church going financially from his own means.

Lowcountry Africana – A treasure trove of primary documents, book excerpts and multi-media that further document and explore the dynamic cultural and family heritage of the Lowcountry South East (accessible from March 2008. However, the host site is now in operation. To begin with the project will concentrate on all records concerning the Drayton and Grimke families.

We Relate – In the first-ever project of its kind, members of a former slaveowning family and descendants of those they once enslaved have come together to rediscover their shared history.

Lowcountry Plantations – Information on the history of plantations in South Carolina.

Charleston County, Community and Historical Links

CLAW Program – At the College of Charleston Carolina Lowcountry and the Atlantic World, headed up by Simon Lewis, Associate Professor.

Post and Courier – The main newspaper for the City of Charleston.

Summerville Journal Scene – Including news in the West Ashley and Ashley River Road areas.

Charleston Museum – America’s first museum, founded in 1773, with natural and historical exhibits of quilts, pottery, silver, natural history of Charleston and the South Carolina Lowcountry.

South Carolina Information Highway: History – A useful resource of historical fact about Charleston.

Bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade / The legacy of slavery (UK)

Lifeline Expedition – An organisation set up to organize slavery walks of reconciliation in various parts of the world since 2000. Check here for upcoming walks.

Free At Last – The History and Legacy of the European Slave Trade.

Walk of Witness – On Saturday 24th March 2007, almost 4,000 people gathered at two London start points – Whitehall and Clapham – to mark the Bicentenary of the Act for the Abolition of the Slave Trade.


Bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade / The legacy of slavery (USA)

Traces of the Trade – A feature documentary, currently in post-production, that tells the story of Producer/Director Katrina Browne’s wealthy New England ancestors, the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history.

Shared History – Felicia Furman make a documentary of her own family’s shared history on Woodlands plantation in Bamberg County in South Carolina.

From One Blood – Gerrit Wolfaardt, a South African, now based in Colorado Springs as an Anglican minister, called by God to bring reconciliation between White and Black, using as an example his own remarkable testimony.

Patricia Raybon – Author and speaker, she has written among other books “I Told The Mountain To Move” and “My first White Friend “, both of which are honest accounts of the struggles of life.

Coming to the Table – The Coming to the Table initiative is an effort to involve direct descendants of slavery, black and white, in exploring their unique role in addressing the legacy of slavery, on a personal and societal level.

Eastern Mennonite University – The Center for Justice and Peacebuiling – Equips and sustains individuals and institutions to work for justice and peace through education, training, practice and research.

The William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation – The institute at the University of Mississippi fosters reconciliation and civic renewal wherever people suffer as a result of racial discrimination or alienation, and promote scholarly research, study and teaching on race and the impact of race and racism.

Re-Evaluation Counselling (United to End Racism) – United to End Racism (UER) is a group of people of all ages and backgrounds, in many different countries, who are dedicated to eliminating racism in the world. They understand that eliminating racism is necessary for humankind to progress. They are committed to ending racism, and they support the efforts of other groups to accomplish this goal.

Research and Education

In Pursuit of Our Ancestors: Discovering Genealogy – Hope Holman’s Genealogical Research Website.

African American Civil War Memorial Museum – The First and Only National Memorial and Museum for the United States Colored Troops in the Civil War.

Moorland Springarn Research Center – Recognized as one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive repositories for the documentation of the history and culture of the peoples of African descent in Africa, the Americas, and other parts of the world. As one of Howard University’s major research facilities, the MSRC collects, preserves and makes available for research a wide range of resources, chronicling the Black experience.

William L Clements Library – Houses original resources for the study of American history and culture from the 16th to the 20th century.

Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System – A resource of searchable records of soldiers serving the United States Colored Troops in the Civil War.

African American Registry – A resource on African American History

Know It All – ETV’s educational web portal, a collection of fun, interactive websites for students, teachers and parents.

SCETV – South Carolina Educational TV station – downloadable, free film-clips for use in classroom.

Bill’s Bookmarks

USPG – United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel: Anglicans in World Mission (Old St Andrew’s Church along Ashley River Road outside Charleston is an SPG church dating from 1706.

Fulani Ministries – A Christian outreach ministry to the Fulani people in West Africa. Many from this region were sold into slavery and transported across the Atlantic.

Premier Media Group – PMG: Chiefly comprises Premier Christian Radio,, Christianity Magazine, Youthwork Magazine, Christian Marketplace Magazine and

Hope FM – Community Christian radio station serving the Bournemouth conurbation, operated by the Bournemouth YMCA.

Schools Interactive – Merseyside Schools projects, especially linking up with the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade.

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