By the Sweat of Our Brows

August 25, 2014
Contact: Marie Cheek

Award-winning African American Program “By The Sweat Of Our Brows” Returns to Historic Brattonsville on Sept. 13, 2014

McCONNELLS, SC -  “By the Sweat of Our Brows” is a one day event that centers on the lives of African Americans who lived in the Brattonsville community in the 1800s.  Throughout the day, historic interpreters go about their domestic routines in the fields, cabins, and kitchens to present an authentic experience about the lives of the enslaved. In addition, five powerful theatrical performances will be featured that will accuratley  portray the way of life during the Reconstruction Era. “By the Sweat of Our Brows” is an essential part of the living history programming at Historic Brattonsville and offers a deeper interpretation of slavery. The program’s  narrative includes both scholarly research and the collective memories of descendants of Bratton slaves.

Earlier this year, the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission recognized “By the Sweat of Our Brows” as a project that significantly and dramatically influences in a permanent way the preservation and interpretation of African American history and culture in SC. The commission’s 2014 Project Award was presented to York County’s Culture and Heritage Museums at the South Carolina Archives & History Center in Columbia.

The event at Historic Brattonsville starts at 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Local musical ensemble Mellogroove will fill the air and “satisfy the need for authentic Soul Music.”  Ongoing activities include marble making, brick making, historic toys and games, and cooking demonstrations. Long Dawgs will be selling food and artisans will be selling their wares. 

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

Historic Brattonsville is a 778-acre plantation and living history museum located at 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells, SC. The Culture & Heritage Museums is a family of museums in York County, SC, which includes Historic Brattonsville, the McCelvey Center, the Museum of York County and the Main Street Children's Museum. For more information on Culture and Heritage Museums’ Historic Brattonsville, please visit