Reconstruction Era National Monument
December 5 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
December 5-Tuesday – Reconstruction Era National Monument – This National Monument was established in January of this year to tell the story of reconstruction from 1861 to the 1890’s after the Civil War. We will visit the three sites recognized along with other attractions along the way in Port Royal and St. Helena Island. First, we will visit Penn Center, which was the first school established for freed slaves and the campus became an assembly area for the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement including Dr. Martin Luther King in the 1950’s and 60’s. Next is the Old Brick Church, which was built by slaves in 1855, became an African American Church after the Civil War and is still an active parish. We will then stop at the Chapel of Ease which is a tabby ruin that was burned in a forest fire in 1886. The church was constructed in 1740 for local planters and became an African American Church after the planters left in 1861. We will eat lunch at the Frosty Frog in Port Royal at 846 Sea Island Pkwy. After lunch we will visit the Emancipation Oak which is located on the grounds of the Beaufort Naval Hospital. This is the Oak tree where the Emancipation Proclamation was read to the local slaves on January 1, 1863, followed by a great celebration at the Camp Saxton site. All of these sites will be part of the Sense of Place exhibit the club and The Coastal Discovery Museum is putting on in May of next year to feature the history of the Lowcountry. We will leave Lowes at 8:30 and will return by 4pm.