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February is Black History Month and there is plenty of that history in Charleston. While not all of it is pleasant, it’s all important to know. If you want to expand your knowledge and get to know more about how Black Americans contributed, and still contribute, to our society and culture, then we’ve found some ways for you to do so. Below you’ll find just a handful of ways to participate in Black History Month.
Frankly Charleston Black History Tours
Frankly Charleston Tours & Sightseeing says, “Slavery is not the history of the African American, Slavery interrupted the history of the African American.” They promise to show you the other side of Charleston by visiting important cultural sites. If you want to see past Charleston’s pretty veneer, this tour is for you.
For Black History Month, Middleton Place will be offering the Beyond the Fields Walking tour throughout February. You can also view Eliza’s House, an exhibit that shows the daily life of slaves and their work outside of the fields. Both of these things are included in general admission. The Middleton Place House Museum will also present an exhibit in the Summer Bedroom focusing on the interaction between members of the Middleton Family and the enslaved house servants. This is included in admission to the House Museum.
Gullah Tours take you through Charleston on a journey that explores the Gullah language and culture. You’ll learn about the history, places, and stories relevant to the contributions made by Black Charlestonians. Alphonso Brown will be your tour guide and he is fluent in the Gullah language and is also knowledgeable about many of the Gullah customs.
Old Slave Mart Museum
The Old Slave Mart Museum is housed in Charleston’s Old Slave Mart (as the name suggests). It was bought in 1938 by Miriam B. Wilson who made the site into a museum of African American history, arts and crafts. When you visit you might meet a staff member who can trace their heritage back to Charleston Slaves. There’s a lot of reading involved, so maybe don’t take the kids there.
Boone Hall Plantation
If you want to observe Black History Month by getting to know more about Black Americans and how they played a role in the building of the country, then Boone Hall Plantation’s Black History In America program is one of the things you should do in Charleston. The story is told using nine of the original slave cabins on the property.
Slavery to Freedom Carriage Tour at Classic Carriage
Carriage tours are a great way to see Charleston. Classic Carriage Works offers many different tours including the Slavery to Freedom Tour. The tour lasts about an hour and is fully narrated by a licensed guide. Throughout the tour, you’ll see about 20 to 30 blocks of historic Charleston.
Gullah Geechee Tours
Gullah Geechee or Gullah Gullah Tours is another company that focuses on the Gullah culture in Charleston. Your guide Godfrey is a dedicated historian of Charleston Gullah culture. Explore the city in the black Mercedes Benz Chariot. The tour is enhanced by HD videos and images. The tour combines “history you may already know with a truth you could never imagine.”