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Mitchellville Juneteenth: Family Fun Through Celebrating Black Heritage in Hilton Head

This weekend I attended the annual Juneteenth Celebration at the Mitchellville Freedom Park on Hilton Head Island, SC. I had a great time attending his event with my family and enjoyed seeing all of the art, listening to the music and exploring the beautiful scenery with hundreds of other event attendees. Check out my highlights from this beautiful event. Would recommend this event for anyone who loves history and wants to have an authentic Lowcountry experience.

Mitchellville Juneteenth: Family Fun Through Celebrating Black Heritage in Hilton Head

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Mitchelville Preservation Project [MPP], Inc. is a non-profit South Carolina corporation which was formed to preserve the history of and educate the public about the historic Mitchelville settlement. Mitchelville was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988 (as the Fish Haul Archaeological Site), making the site important to preserving and understanding the nation’s difficulties during Reconstruction.

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Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration to recognize the end of slavery. It was on June 19, 1865, when Union officer Major General Gordon Granger arrived at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and all slaves were now free. MPP hosts its annual Juneteenth Celebration in Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park. This program highlights the park and features stage performances and cultural programming that gives visitors a unique look at Historic Mitchelville.

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MPP has been formed to act as a steward for the benefit of preserving the rich history of Mitchelville and its connection to local Gullah culture. In 1995, the Town of Hilton Head and the State of South Carolina recognized the historic value of the Mitchelville site and erected the official State historical marker at the corner of Beach City and Fish Haul Roads. This marker has recently been relocated to the entrance of Fish Haul Creek Park, the future Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park site. In that same year, the Chicora Foundation completed their archaeological work at the Fish Haul site. This excavation uncovered 25,000 objects causing Chicora to refer to the site as

These pieces were absolutely stunning and this event has really great art vendors. Definitely, a must-attend event for anyone looking to add pieces to their Gullah art collection.

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There was a beautiful booth of traditional sweetgrass baskets which are a wonderful heirloom piece for a family collection.

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The weather was absolutely perfect that day with beautiful blue skies shaded by the historic and majestic live oak trees.

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Michiel Perry

Michiel is a Black Southern Belle living a lowcountry life. I love all things fashion, home decor and southern! When I am not running around doing fun stuff for Black Southern Belle, I live in antique stores and have a minor obsession with historic homes 🙂

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