Press Release | Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park Secures Full Funding for New Interpretive Trail

Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park Secures Full Funding for New Interpretive Trail

Hilton Head Island, SC, July 27, 2023 – The Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park is thrilled to announce the receipt of a momentous funding award of $922,000, generously granted by the State of South Carolina. This funding, granted with full support by Senator Tom Davis and the Beaufort County Delegation, represents a significant milestone in the ongoing efforts to preserve and celebrate the rich history of Mitchelville and its pivotal role in the Reconstruction Era.

Senator Tom Davis has been a stalwart advocate for the preservation of important historic sites in Beaufort County, particularly the invaluable Mitchelville community. His unwavering support has played a crucial role in the success of the project thus far, and his dedication to preserving the legacy of the Reconstruction Era is commendable.

South Carolina State Senator, Tom Davis

Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park aims to serve as a beacon of education, remembrance, and inspiration for generations to come. By preserving and sharing the story of Mitchelville, the first self-governed community of formerly enslaved individuals in the United States, the park will be a living testament to the resilience and spirit of those who forged a path to freedom and self-determination.

“We cannot thank Senator Tom Davis, the Beaufort County Delegation, and the State of South Carolina enough for this transformative funding award of $922,000,” said Ahmad Ward, Executive Director. “Senator Davis’ unwavering support and the state’s commitment have been instrumental in propelling Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park toward reality. Together, we are one step closer to fully realizing the vision of this historic site.”

The Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park, with this funding, will accelerate the development and completion of this essential historical site. They will use the funding to complete the park’s new Interpretive Trail, including resurfacing the pathways, adding interpretative panels, and QR codes for additional information. The park will feature exhibits, educational programs, and immersive experiences that shed light on the courage, resilience, and determination displayed by the people of Mitchelville during one of the most transformative periods in American history.

For more information about Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park and its transformative projects, please visit

About Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park:

Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park is a cherished cultural landmark located on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, dedicated to preserving and celebrating the history of Mitchelville, a significant community founded by formerly enslaved individuals in 1862. The park aims to promote human understanding and foster just communities through the exploration of arts, culture, and history. To learn more about the park’s initiatives and projects, visit

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