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Contact: Carlin Timmons, (843) 881-5516 x 14
The National Park Service is hosting a public meeting at 7:00 pm on Thursday, January 31, 2008 in the Fort Moultrie Visitor Center. The park will present plans for a new exhibit dealing with the international slave trade and Sullivan’s Island as a main entry point for captive Africans during the 18th century.
“We welcome public comment as this exhibit takes shape,” said Superintendent Bob Dodson of Fort Sumter National Monument. “Now that funding is finally in place, the park can proceed with this long overdue project that tells not only an important part of American history but also a poignant human story.”
The exhibit expands on the “This is Sullivan’s Island” commemorative marker installed next to Fort Moultrie in 1999. Park staff plan to have the visitor center exhibit in place this year in recognition of the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the international slave trade by the young United States. Entitled “Passages,” the planned exhibit connects the West Coast of Africa with Lowcountry Gullah-Geechee culture.
Fort Moultrie mirrors the 171-year history of seacoast defense in the United States. The first fortification was constructed of palmetto logs in 1776. The existing fort was built in 1809 and was in use until 1947. A unit of Fort Sumter National Monument, Fort Moultrie is administered by the National Park Service. The park is open daily from 9:00-5:00 except for New Year’s, Thanksgiving and Christmas Days. Fort Moultrie and the visitor center are located at 1214 Middle Street, Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, 29482.