The blistering sun and thick humid air hung over the Sea Island cotton fields as Pompey worked. Any physical discomfort likely did not discourage him because for the first time in his life he was growing his own cotton, on his own land. By 1870 Pompey Dawson was a leading cultivator of Sea Island cotton on James Island—just five years after emancipation from William Wallace McLeod, the man who had enslaved him. Front and center at McLeod Plantation Historic Site are stories of people like Pompey that reflect the generations long quest for freedom. The site stands out for providing a different perspective from which to consider southern plantations. Here the long arm of history reaches beyond antebellum slavery and into the modern. One of its first visitors on opening day in 2015 murdered nine people at Mother Emanuel A.M..E Church. In his own writing the white supremacist connects his act of terror to the plantation myth. At McLeod Plantation Historic Site, a member of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, the myth is revealed for all to see.