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McKissick Museum


Dawn of Freedom: the Freedmen’s Town of Mitchelville

February 19, 2013 - June 1, 2013, 2nd floor, North Gallery

The exhibition Dawn of Freedom used images and objects connected to the life, struggles, triumphs, and cultural heritage of the Sea Island slaves as they made freedom a reality during the Civil War. It examined the foundations of Mitchelville, the lives of its residents, and its legacy. This exhibit also drew on the unique culture of Sea island slaves and the Gullah traditions of those men and women. Folk and fine art combined with historic artifacts and objects recovered on archeological excavations of Mitchelville came together to tell this unique story from the dawn of freedom to the present.

Dawn of Freedom is a collaboration between McKissick Museum, the Public History department, with assistance from the Institute for African American Research at the University of South Carolina and the Mitchelville Preservation Project.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 to Saturday, June 1, 2013