• Currier & Ives lithograph depicting the bombardment of Fort Sumter

    Fort Sumter

    National Monument South Carolina

Book Signing at Fort Moultrie

Cover of the book "Shackles' with a person holding a pair of slave shackles.

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Date: March 16, 2009
Contact: Carlin Timmons, (843) 881-5516

(Sullivan's Island, SC) –   A book-signing of the newly released children’s book, Shackles, will be held in conjunction with the 3:00 pm African Passages exhibit dedication at Fort Moultrie on Sunday, March 22nd.  This poignant story, written in lyric prose by South Carolina Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth, is beautifully illustrated by local artist Leslie Darwin Pratt-Thomas. Based on a true story, Shackles describes what happens when young boys unexpectedly dig up a pair of shackles in the backyard of their Sullivan's Island home – a set a shackles used centuries ago on slaves who were held on the island.  Both the author and illustrator will be present to sign copies of the book before and after the program. Shackles is available for sale in the park bookstore. "The subject matter of this timely book dovetails nicely with the dedication of the new exhibit dealing with the international slave trade," stated Superintendent Bob Dodson. Administered by the National Park Service, Fort Moultrie is located at 1214 Middle Street on Sullivan's Island.

The 3:00 pm program will include music, drumming and a libation.  In case of inclement weather the program will be moved into the auditorium. For more information, call the park at (843) 883-3123.

Did You Know?

The 33-star United States flag flown atop Fort Sumter during the opening bombardment of the Civil War in 1861, on exhibit at Fort Sumter

The first human death of the Civil War occurred on April 14, 1861, the day after the battle of Fort Sumter ended. Private Daniel Hough died when the cannon he was loading (for the Union's 100-gun salute to the U.S. flag) discharged prematurely. Fort Sumter National Monument, SC