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Forging a Life: The Journey from Slavery to Freedom

Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 11:00am until 5:00pm

Explore the African-American historical experience through powerful storytelling, interactive activities and demonstrations by living historians. Interactive activities include: Blacksmith demonstrations by Jamal Hall, Brickmaking activity by Tyrie Rowell; 1800s cooking demonstrations by Dontavius Williams in Rose Hill's original kitchen. Open house and "Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow" exhibit in historic caretaker's cottage. Self-guided tour of Gist Mansion's first floor. Ranger-led walk to remains of 19th-century sharecropper's cabin. Hands-on crafts. Experience "The Chronicles of Adam" at 2:00 pm on the back lawn. Dontavius Williams gives a gripping first-person historical interpretation of the life, trials, tribulations and triumphs of a slave named Adam. Food will be available for purchase from Cool Hawgz BBQ & More. Cash only. Following emancipation in 1865, some freed people left Rose Hill while others remained and became tenant farmers. In both slavery and freedom, African Americans worked hard to forge a life for themselves and their families at Rose Hill Plantation. Cost is $5 for adults, $2 for children ages 6-15. For more details about this event, please visit the website here.

Location Details:

2677 Sardis Rd.
Union, SC 29379
(864) 427-5966

Offers visitors insight into the upcountry cotton plantation of South Carolina’s “Secession Governor,” William Henry Gist. Rose Hill served as Gist’s primary residence during his tenure as governor and during the tumultuous months of pending Civil War. The house, its furnishings, surrounding gardens and outbuildings document the lifestyle and changes experienced by the Gist family and the enslaved African Americans who occupied the plantation from the antebellum era through Reconstruction. Includes a picnic shelter and hiking trail to the Tyger River. Park hours: 9 am–6 pm daily (no admission fee). Mansion tours: Mar–Oct, daily at 11 am, 1 & 3 pm; Nov–Feb, Thurs–Mon at 11 am, 1 & 3 pm. Fee charged for tours and special events. No mansion tours on Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day. Shelter can be reserved for a fee.