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Archaeology at Mitchelville Exhibit

Archaeology at Mitchelville Exhibition

"In the fall of 1862, Major General Ornsby Mitchel, commander of the Department of the South at Hilton Head Island, ordered the construction of a Freedmen’s town to serve as a new home for thousands of former slaves who flocked to the island after it fell to Union forces in November 1861. Mitchelville was more than a refugee camp. The town’s new residents built their own homes with materials provided by the Union Army. They were responsible for creating their own government, enforcing town ordinances, establishing schools, and ensuring that every child between the ages of 6 and 15 attended regularly. Mitchelville proved that freed men and women could govern, sustain, and educated themselves."1

Archaeology at Mitchelville will display excavated findings from the first large-scale dig lead by Brockington and Associates. The dig uncovered remnants of old homes, wells and garbage pits, and recovered more than 20,000 artifacts representing the personal belongings, tools and household goods from the first self-governed, freed slaves' town in America, established on Hilton Head in 1862.

The exhibition is being housed at the Westin Hilton Head Resort and Spa. It is free to the public and open daily.

  1. Excerpt taken from bcgov.net

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Archaeology at Mitchelville Exhibition

at the Westin Hilton Head Resort and Spa
Grasslawn Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC

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