Caw Caw Interpretive Center

5200 Savannah Hwy Ravenel

Charleston County Parks Historic Sites/Caw Caw Interpretive Center
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Caw Caw Interpretive Center

"Liberty! Liberty!" the dozens of people shouted on their march through the country side. Some hailed from Carolina, others from lands far away. Jemmy their leader, born in Angola and an expert in the art of war, used his knowledge and experience to help organize these freedom seekers. Two hundred and eighty years ago, on September 9, 1739, the largest group of enslaved people in British North America organized into a violent force of resistance, killing any who opposed them or had treated them unjustly. Known as the Stono Rebellion, they passed through what is today Caw Caw Interpretive Center. Then, it was a landscape in transition. Throughout the dark water swamps of South Carolina's Low Country enslaved African rice farmers were being forced to create rice fields. Yet simultaneously they created something more enduring, Gullah-Geechee culture, a more passive force of resistance, but just as effective as a means of perseverance and survival. At Caw Caw, a historic site manged as a wildlife preserve, these stories of the colony's majority African population and the origins of anti-slavery resistance unfold on a landscape reverting to its primeval state. A landscape that is living memorial to their experiences.

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