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Tracy Pou



African American history at Cypress Gardens

Posted 2/4/2011 6:13:00 PM

Did you know that items from what is reported to be the largest single excavation of slave artifacts are on display at Cypress Gardens? The Heritage Room, Cypress Gardens' newest exhibit, houses a collection of artifacts that provides a glimpse into slave life at Berkeley County’s Dean Hall Plantation more than 200 years ago.

Established in 1725, Dean Hall Plantation encompassed more than 2,500 acres, including the rice fields that Cypress Gardens currently calls home. The actual plantation was adjacent to Cypress Gardens. In 2007, when a local plant decided to build on the site, it sponsored an archeological dig because buried remains would be disturbed. The excavation unearthed dozens of pieces of slave artifacts including glass bottles, porcelain doll heads, brass keys, pieces of pottery and other items that are on display.

If you’re interested in learning more about how African Americans helped to shape the lowcountry and the important role they played in the development of what is now Cypress Gardens, be sure to check out the Heritage Room during your next trip. It is open daily to the public.