Thursday February 27, 2003
Vol. 8, No. 9
"County seeks more black tourists"
Mae Marvin, regional coordinator with the South Carolina National Heritage
Corridor and Clemson Extension, along with Corridor Board member Michael
Allen with the National Parks Service, recently completed an update
of "Touring the African American Trail of Charleston, Dorchester
and Colleton Counties."
The 24-panel map and guide helps visitors discover 31
sites related to African American culture and history, from the Tuskegee
Airmen Monument in Walterboro to the Hampton Plantation Historic Site
in McClellanville and Zion Baptist Church on Edisto Island.
The trail offers an authentic look at the traditions,
way of life and impact of African Americans in this area. Museums, communities,
tourism locations, restaurants, shops, and national, state and county
parks are all part of the experience of traveling the Trail.
"We hope this guide will be used by residents, schools
and visitors as a learning tool that will help them discover and explore
the contributions African American have made in the development of our
region, our state and our nation," said Allen.
Site on the trail in Colleton County include St. Peter's
AME Church, the SC Artisans Center, the Colleton Museum, St. James the
Greater Catholic Church, and the Slave Relic Museum located on Carn
Street. The trail and brochure were compiled with the assistance of
a number of partners. They include the National Parks Service, the SC
National Heritage Corridor, Clemson Extension, the SC Sea Grant Consortium,
the Avery Research Institute, the SC African American Heritage Council,
and Cracker Barrel restaurants.
The SC National Heritage Corridor spans 14 counties along
the state's western border, from Pickens and Oconee counties to McClellanville
Charleston County. Designated by the US Congress in 1996 as one of only
23 designated National Heritage Areas, the Heritage Corridor serves
to open doors to South Carolina culture, natural resources and history.
The Corridor has brought together private citizens, non-profit
groups, and local, state and federal governments to enhance the economic
development of rural areas though heritage tourism. State tourism officials
predict that, once completed, the Heritage Corridor will generate increased
visitor expenditures in the 14 counties by as much as $83.6 million
For more information on the Heritage Corridor or to receive
a copy of the brochure, contact Alta Mae Marvin at 549-2595 or email
her at firstname.lastname@example.org.