Learn about: Caw Caw Interpretive

Caw Caw Interpretive Center 5200 Savannah Hwy

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Caw Caw Interpretive Center


The Caw Caw Interpretive Center is our next stop. Located 30 minutes outside of historic downtown Charleston, this historic rice plantation has an amazing story to tell. Don't worry, you don't need to go there to complete the challenge. Learn more about its history below:

Learn about Caw Caw Interpretive Center

"Liberty! Liberty!" the dozens of people shouted on their march through the countryside. 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 managed 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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