“Cemeteries of Hobcaw” program scheduled for Feb. 21

  • Friday, February 14, 2014

A new program specifically focusing on the cemeteries located within Hobcaw Barony is scheduled for Feb. 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. Participants will travel by bus to several graveyards within the property.

Hobcaw Barony’s history encompasses Native American, colonial, antebellum and post-bellum history in addition to its ownership in the 20th century by renowned Wall Street financier Bernard Baruch and his daughter Belle Baruch, who created the privately owned 16,000-acre research reserve exactly 50 years ago.

The people who lived and worked at the plantations of Hobcaw are also buried on the land and five known cemeteries exist within the boundaries of the barony. Each year, new research emerges to offer insight into the lives of these owners, residents and employees and documentation of Gullah customs in Hobcaw’s black cemeteries has aided cultural historians. Visit the cemeteries of Hobcaw with Lee Brockington, whose own research includes oral history interviews and conversations with former residents and has assisted Winthrop University’s statewide survey of black cemeteries. African grave decorations, buried facing the rising sun, rural and urban traditions, depth of graves and low topography are all topics discussed in addition to the history of the people of Hobcaw.

At 4 p.m., participants and the public may view a free showing of a SCETV one-hour film related to the subject, “The Half-Pint Flask,” written in the 1930s by South Carolinian DuBose Heyward and filmed in part at Hobcaw in 1983.

The programc ost is $20. Tour involves walking and standing. Program limited to 28 participants. Reservations required by calling 843-546-4623.

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