By the Sweat of Our Brows


September 3, 2013

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“By the Sweat of Our Brows”

The African American Experience at Historic Brattonsville

McConnells, SC – Experience the African-American journey centering on the lives of African Americans who lived in the Brattonsville Community in the 1800’s at the compelling program

By the Sweat of Our Brows, 10:00 am until 4:00 pm, Saturday, September 14 at Historic Brattonsville, 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells, SC. 

Records indicate that in 1843, the Bratton plantation was home to 139 enslaved men, women and children.  More than 150 years later, their descendants have come together to help Historic Brattonsville honor and celebrate their ancestors’ legacies. Historic Brattonsville is one of the few living history sites in the region which shares the story of African-American history.

Meet nationally recognized historian, Joseph McGill, Jr.  For the past ten years, McGill, a Field Officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, has travelled throughout twelve states conducting the Slave Dwelling Project.  McGill finds extant slave dwellings and ask stewards to spend a night in them with him.  On September 13, he will be sleeping in one of the original slave cabins at Historic Brattonsville, along with selected interpreters, descendants and students. After each slave cabin experience, he publishes a blog which can be found at

The purpose of the project is to honor African American ancestors by helping to save the places that can help tell the stories of the people who inhabited them.

On Saturday at 12:45 pm, McGill will present a program at the Visitor’s Center on the Slave Dwelling Project, with particular reference to his stay in the slave cabin at Historic Brattonsville.  Other activities include theatrical performances, craft and food vendors, music, bus tours and more.  Have a hot-lunch and plan to stay the entire day!

COST Adults, $6; Seniors, $5; Youth ages 4-17, $3; ages 3 and younger Free. CHM members, FREE.