Slave Community

Slave Community (HM1A4V)

Location: Mt Pleasant, SC 29464 Charleston County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 50.681', W 79° 49.544'

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Enslaved Africans once lived and labored at Snee Farm. This site is a remnant of a slave community that extended south, beyond today's park boundary. The structures that once stood here were built of wood with post-in-ground foundations. Outlined in modern brick, these archeological footprints reveal the small size of the living quarters.

During most of the year, slaves on Lowcountry rice plantations worked under the "task" system rather than the dawn-to-dusk "gang" system. For an able bodied field hand, the task could vary from ? acre to ½ acre depending on the job required. Children and older people were assigned ½ task or ? task according to their abilities. After completing the assigned daily task, a person could hunt, fish, tend a garden, or make baskets, cast nets, quilts, and other essential items. Slaves also sold skins, fish, crops, and crafts at local markets. In spite of the harsh realities of the plantation system, enslaved Africans created and nurtured a language and culture known today as Gullah or Geechee.
HM NumberHM1A4V
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 28th, 2014 at 9:53am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 609890 N 3634679
Decimal Degrees32.84468333, -79.82573333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 50.681', W 79° 49.544'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 50' 40.86" N, 79° 49' 32.64" W
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Area Code(s)843
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1299 Club Dr, Mt Pleasant SC 29464, US
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