Conference Field Sessions
Monday, June 13, 2016; $70 (lunch included)
The Roots of Reconstruction and the Development of Community (Mitchelville, Fort Howell, Penn Center, and Beaufort, South Carolina)
Tour the Low Country of South Carolina with stops at Mitchelville and Fort Howell on Hilton Head Island (Network to Freedom sites) and Penn Center on St Helena Island (National Historic Landmark), with a driving tour of Robert Smalls sites in Beaufort, South Carolina.
Set foot on the first self-governing town of formerly enslaved people in this country. Mitchelville was established in 1862 as a population center of the Port Royal Experiment. Fort Howell was created to protect Mitchelville from possible confederate raids in 1864. Travel to Penn Center, established in 1862 as the first school in the South for people newly freed from slavery and enjoy a traditional low country boil for lunch.Learn how the partnership between formerly enslaved African Americans and northern missionaries established a safe haven for the transition from slavery to freedom.Discover the educational evolution of the Penn Center and its 20th century role as an incubator for the Civil Rights movement.
Thursday, June 16, 2016; $40 (lunch on your own in City Market)
Land of Escapes, Freedom and Community: Savannah, Georgia
Journey to Savannah to visit Fort Pulaski National Monument (NPS and NTF site), historic First African Baptist Church, and the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum.
Discover Fort Pulaski, which became a destination site for freedom seekers in 1862 when Union General Hunter issued an unauthorized General Order #7 which allowed emancipation of slaves in coastal Georgia.Learn about the exploits of March Haynes who became involved in reconnaissance for the Union Army, conducting numerous missions into the heart of Savannah to uncover Confederate troop movements and area camps while also helping enslaved people escape to Fort Pulaski. Visit First African Baptist Church, organized and active since 1773, where Haynes was a member and later became a deacon. As the largest gathering place for blacks during segregation, the building was the site of many events and the courageous work needed during the Civil Rights Movement. Have lunch on your own at the adjacent City Market district (http://www.savannahcitymarket.com/) before following the freedom story to the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum.