October 6, 2017, 9:45 AM - 10:30 AM @ McLeod Plantation Historic Site
Go on a naturalist-guided walk at McLeod Plantation Historic Site. We will discuss how this former plantation has impacted nature, and nature’s impact on it as well. We will discuss the urban wildlife, site-specific ethno-botany, and soundscapes while taking in the beauty of the plantation. Please bring water and bug spray, and be prepared for the heat and sun.
October 7, 2017, 10:30 AM - 11:45 PM @ McLeod Plantation Historic Site
These tours delve deeply into history and reflect our most recent research, revealing new understandings of the people who lived here throughout history. In addition, participants are often allowed access to places typically not available to the public.
October 21, 2017, 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM @ McLeod Plantation Historic Site
Fall meant harvesting cotton for the majority of James Island's residents during and after slavery. Thought to be extinct, the distinctive Sea Island cotton has been rediscovered, and the first crop in nearly one hundred years is growing here! Learn more about the plant and its history.
Activities include a Sea Island cotton tour with Dr. Richard Porcher, a Sea Island cotton art exhibition by Gullah Artist Sonja Griffin Evans, Sea Island cotton activities for children, and more.
October 22, 2017, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ McLeod Plantation Historic Site
The poetry series features fellows of the Cave Canem poetery foundation, whose work explores themes associated with the black expereince in America.
Charleston native and Cave Canem graduate Kwoya Fagin Maples will read her poetry at McLeod Plantation Historic Site. She will include readings from her collection entitled MEND. Between 1845 and 1849, the inventor of Sim’s speculum performed experimental gynecological surgery on slave women suffering from fistula due to difficult childbirth. This collection is the imagined memories and stories told from the hospital beds by the women who were subjects of his experiments.
Maples teaches creative writing at the Alabama School of Fine Arts and directs a three-dimensional poetry exhibit combining poetry and visual art. A light reception and tour follow the reading.
October 28, 2017, 10:30 AM - 11:45 PM @ McLeod Plantation Historic Site