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West African Slaves



From Teaching American History in South Carolina:

"These are two of eight cabins that were built by African Americans to house African- American slaves who were brought to this area to raise cotton. The hewn-timber cabins were built, c.1836, as sleeping quarters for African Americans who worked the land. The cabins were constructed by slaves as homes for slaves. The quality of the woodcraft, especially the full-dovetailed corners, shows that the builders were skilled craftsmen who took pride in their work. These homes are a representation of South Carolina history in its truest form. The cabins are on the National Register of Historic Places.

For people who visit the cabins when they are closed, there is a sign outside each house with pictures showing what is inside. The signs also have a wealth of information--from small details like how Ms. Catherine made lye soap--to the big picture, such as the location in Africa their ancestors may have originated."

Link: Teaching American History in South Carolina

Companion Resource: Hewn Timber Cabins: African-American life in rural South Carolina, 1840s - 1950s

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