Remembering Hurricane Hugo, 23 years ago today
When Africans first came to South Carolina, they brought with them — as their most valued possession — a little handful of benne seed (Sesamum indicum) which they believed held for them the secret of health and good luck.
Planted near the slave quarters of the early plantations, benne became a traditional part of “The Old South”. Cooks in the “Big House” kitchens knew just how to use this rich, spicy, honey-colored seed to make delicious and exotic concoctions.
It was burned down in 1865, but what did this center of Middleton family life look like?
Wild’s Brigade Cemetery
Folly Beach, SC
The other side of the sign reads: Camp of Wild’s “African Brigade,” 1863-1864. Folly Island was occupied by Union troops April 1863 - February 1865. Gen. Edward A. Wild’s “African Brigade” camped nearby from November 1863 to February 1864. The two regiments in Wild’s brigade were the 55th Massachusetts, made up largely of free blacks, and the 1st North Carolina, made up of former slaves.
(Source: Flickr / mhlucero)