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Book Signing at Fort Moultrie

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

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News Release 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?

Fort Sumter as seen from the water.

Fort Sumter's island was constructed with a foundation of over 70,000 tons of granite and other rock. For over a decade contractors from as far away as New York and the Boston area delivered this material by ship and dumped it on a shoal in Charleston Harbor. Fort Sumter National Monument, SC