Dedication of the African-American Memorial at Drayton Hall

Charleston, SC (October 1, 2010) — Drayton Hall will dedicate a newly created Memorial at its 18th-century African-American cemetery, one of the oldest African-American cemeteries in the nation still in use.

Speakers will include Lonnie G. Bunch III, Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture, Dr. Bernard Powers, Associate Chairman of the History Department at the College of Charleston, and Toni Carrier, Director of the Lowcountry Africana project. Drayton family descendants and descendants of the enslaved, including the Bowens family, who lived and worked at Drayton Hall before and after emancipation, will offer their personal reflections.

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