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African American history, Archaeology, Research

On March 29th, I was delighted to welcome to Drayton Hall, for the first time, a group of delegates from Guinea, West Africa, and their guide, Dr. Ken Kelly, an…

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Archaeology, Collections, Preservation, Research

One of the most frequent questions Drayton Hall archaeologists are asked is if we ever find coins. Most often the answer is “no” as the artifacts we recover are discards from…

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African American history, Education, Geneaology, Research

In African-American genealogical research, there is a term that describes the dearth of records associated with former slaves prior to 1870. Researchers call it the “1870 brick wall,” and for…

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African American history, Education, Research, Uncategorized

For most of the twentieth century and into the twenty-first century, plantation tourist sites in the Charleston area were not places to learn about African American history. This was a…

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Breaking News, Research, Uncategorized

This story appeared in the Anderson Independent Mail, and we wanted to share it with our blog readers. Hopefully by the end of this year we’ll have some exciting revelations…

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Preservation, Research, Uncategorized

A geological deposit? Graffiti? A fossil? Preservation initiatives in 2010 to remove layers of harmful modern paint from the columns of Drayton Hall’s porticos revealed graffiti in the form of…

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