A resolution introduced by South Carolina Representative Andy Patrick calls for South Carolina to officially recognize the importance of Mitchelville, a Freedmen’s community built in 1862 on the Drayton family’s Fish Haul Plantation in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

As the first self-governing community of freed former slaves in the nation, the site has great historical significance. The Mitchelville Preservation Project seeks to preserve the historic site and educate the public about the sacrifice, resilience and perseverance of the freedmen who established Mitchelville.

Today the new resolution was celebrated with a public event. Please enjoy the video below and read on for links to where you can learn more!

To learn more, please see the related story HHI unveils new Mitchelville displays.

Please also visit the Mitchelville Preservation Project website for more information.

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