Bernard Powers, a professor of African American history at the College of Charleston, is an advisor to Drayton Hall, near Charleston, S.C.
Slaves are buried here, their graves unmarked.
“I come out here and walk over in this area and there’s a certain spirituality that pervades this place,” he said. “One of the things that I worked with them on is developing the appropriate interpretation of this cemetery.”
Powers told Teichner, “You know, I believe what William Faulkner said is very true, particularly about the South, and that is, ‘The past is not dead; it’s not even over.'”