HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC -The Mitchelville Preservation Project has received the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission’s 2014 “Preserving Our Places in History” Group or Organization Award.

The mission of the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission is to identify and promote the preservation of historic sites, structures, buildings, and culture of the African American experience in South Carolina. The Group or Organization Award that Mitchelville received focuses on recognizing a group or organization that has demonstrated or made an outstanding accomplishment in preserving and interpreting African American history and culture in South Carolina over the past year. 

The award was presented at the “Preserving Our Places in History” Awards Luncheon on Friday, March 28, 2014 at 12:15 p.m. at the South Carolina Archives & History Center, 8301 Parklane Road, Columbia, SC. Jonathon Green was the key-note speaker.  Jannie Harriott presented the award to Joyce Wright and Dot Law.


Photo Attachment - (from left to right) Joyce Wright, Jonathon Green, Dot Law


In 2005, a diverse group of Hilton Head Island citizens joined forces to preserve, protect and promote the heritage of Mitchelville, America’s first post-Civil War settlement for freed slaves. Today, the Mitchelville Preservation Project, Inc., is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization whose mission is to replicate, preserve, and sustain an historically significant site and to educate the public about the sacrifice, resilience and perseverance of the freedmen of Mitchelville and to share the story of how these brave men and women planted strong and enduring familial roots for generations of future African-Americans.