Power crews have been working on uncovering the gravestones of former slaves near Charleston. In the town of James Island, near Charleston, headstones that date back to the 1950s and earlier have been part of the town’s history.
In an effort to learn more about former slaves and their descendants, historians are uncovering these buried gravestones. The land was once known as Seabrook Plantation, where harvesting sea island cotton took place, according to historians. James Island Mayor Mary Clark told WCSC in Charleston the town is working with the Commission to Preserve and Protect African American Cemeteries on James Island. Clean up is expected to begin in the next couple of weeks. The cemetery preservation group says this isn’t the only cemetery clean-up they want to conduct, there are 13 others throughout the island they plan to learn more about.