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Story of Mitchelville

South Carolina

October 17, 2017

Come to the Heritage Library on October 17, at 10:30 a.m. and learn about the history of Mitchelville.

The historic town of Mitchelville, South Carolina, was the site of mass-escapes from Hilton Head Island plantations when Union troops entered Port Royal Sound in November 1861. With the first shots fired, the enslaved island population seized their opportunity for freedom. Despite threats and deception by local plantation owners, freedom seekers bolted to the woods until Union troops occupied the area. Mitchelville became the destination for waves of freedom seekers fleeing bondage in nearby confederate territories of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. It was the place where the newly emancipated would first experience freedom and emerge from enslaved victims into responsible citizens.

The Heritage Library is a premier ancestry and local history research center located on Hilton Head Island, SC. Information is available on the island's history from the earliest known inhabitants through the modern era.

This History Program will be on Tuesday, October 17 at 10:30 a.m. There is a fee of $10.00 per person and  reservations required.

Heritage Library
852 William Hilton Parkway
2nd Floor Suite A-2
Hilton Head Island, SC  29928


Contact Person: Heritage Library

Contact Information: 843-686-6560 (main phone) / info@heritagelib.org