In 2015 the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission opened McLeod Plantation Historic Site. What remains of the former 1,693-acre Sea Island cotton plantation is 37 acres, 14 historic structures, and an African American cemetery. Interpretation of the former plantation is focused on the African American struggle to achieve freedom, justice, and equality from 1851 through 1990. The cultural history interpretation coordinator and co-author of the National Association for Interpretation award winning exhibits at the site explores the development, implementation, and adjustments made to interpretation since the opening and comments on the current state of Black museums in America.
McLeod Plantation Historic Site: Sowing Truth and Change
Shawn Halifax is the cultural history interpretation coordinator at Charleston County Parks, in Charleston, South Carolina where he supervises the public history program for County Parks including McLeod Plantation Historic Site. He was previously public programs director and interim director of the Casemate Museum for the Fort Monroe Authority in Hampton, Virginia. He is an interpretive planning and training consultant and holds certifications from the National Association for Interpretation as Interpretive Guide, Heritage Interpreter, Interpretive Planner, and Interpretive Trainer.
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Shawn Halifax; McLeod Plantation Historic Site: Sowing Truth and Change. The Public Historian 1 August 2018; 40 (3): 252–277. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/tph.2018.40.3.252
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