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African-American life in rural South Carolina
1840s to 1950s



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The hewn-timber cabins, ca. 1836,  were built as sleeping quarters for African-Americans who worked the land. The cabins were constructed by slaves to house slaves. The construction of the cabins, especially the full dovetailed corners, shows that the builders were very skilled craftsmen who took pride in their work. These homes are a representation of South Carolina history in its truest form and are on the National Register of Historic Places.


Copyright Amelia Wallace Vernon. All rights reserved, 1998. Revised, 2010.