This post is a joint contribution from students Ileah Duhart and Jewell Bethea
As our One America trip came to a close we spent our final day visiting McLeod Plantation and Fort Sumter.
McLeod Plantation, a Gullah/Geechee heritage site, offers a walking tour of the grounds and a look into the lives of the enslaved people that lived there. After our tour was over each of us walked around and reflected on the lives that lived there.
We ended our day by visiting Fort Sumter, which is only accessible by ferry. The ferry ride, although fun, was a new experience for some of us. Once we arrived at Fort Sumter, we took part in the last tour of the day, which gave us the opportunity to partake in a special end-of-day activity. Our own Professor Surbrug, along with a wonderful Park Ranger, took the American flag down from the pole for the night, and the students were able to assist in folding it.
Our time at Fort Sumter included visiting the two on-site museums. The first one, located on the mainland, was filled with information about what lead up to the war and important memorabilia from the fort. The second museum was located in the fort itself and contained information about what the fort would have looked like during the civil war.