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Lands End Woodland Festival: 300 Acres of Land Preserves Black Heritage and History of Black Land Ownership

Lands End Woodland: 300 Acres of Land Preserves Heritage and History of Black Land Ownership Through Cultural Events and More - A tree in a grassy field - Water
Lands End Woodland: 300 Acres of Land Preserves Heritage and History of Black Land Ownership Through Cultural Events and More - A tree in a grassy field - Water

The Lands End Woodland Inc., has a dynamic history that began during the Roaring Twenties, on Helena Island, SC. A group of over 30 black families, led by Dennis Freeman (who was raised on the Tom Bee Plantation), purchased 328 acres of land that was formerly the Riverside Plantation, in order to have a plethora of resources like firewood, burial and hunting grounds. 

As generations pass, some important aspects of life tend to be forgotten instead of passed down. In this case, that happened when the older members of Woodland died and the state tried to step in. Fortunately, a search was conducted in the 1990’s to find the family members of this land to keep and restore the lost Gullah Geechee culture. 

Lands End Woodland: 300 Acres of Land Preserves Heritage and History of Black Land Ownership Through Cultural Events and More - A man and a woman taking a selfie - Public space
Lands End Woodland Festival: 300 Acres of Land Preserves Black Heritage and History of Black Land Ownership

In the early 2000’s the family’s of the Woodland Inc. won a lawsuit against billionaire Ted Turner, over boundary disputes, after the help that was received in 1996 to display the organization as a nonprofit corporation under the state. During this dispute, the Lands End Woodland Inc., gained media attention (especially after winning). With that being said, SC Congressman, James Clyburn signed the 2005 bill to introduce the Gullah Geechee National Cultural Heritage Corridor into law. 

The aftermath of this successful corporation is that the area is restored and its original intentions are still being a part of the culture. Also, the members have chosen to pass down knowledge to other local landowners in the state about legal literacy regarding their properties, and they are reserving the Gullah Geechee heritage. 
If you would like to learn more about the Lands End Woodland Inc., you can check out the 15th Lands End Woodland River Festival   being held August 30-31 and get more details  here. This is event is full of food, fellowship arts and the beauty of the woodlands. You won’t want to miss it!

15th Lands End Woodland River Festival

  • Fri, Aug 30, 20193:00 PM  Sat, Aug 31, 20197:00 PM
  • Lands End Woodland, Inc. (map)

““Honoring Our Heritage – Protecting Our Legacy””

The 15th Lands End Woodland River Festival kicks off on August 30th, and ends August 31st!

It is set to be a family fun weekend, so bring your kites to eat some food and enjoy this Labor Day weekend with your loved ones.

Adults $3, Kids up to 12 FREE

Performer & Vendor Applications Available Here: Or Call 843-838-4503

For more information: tobagoland3742@centurylink.net

Live DJ – Music – Entertainment – Food – Seafood – Crafts – Souvenir T-Shirts

100 Lands End Road (Beach)

6 miles south of Penn Center, Inc.

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