When the remains of 36 individuals were unearthed at the Gaillard Center in 2013, so were a mountain of questions: Who were these people? How did they come to be buried here? And most importantly—what are their stories?
Historical, archaeological and ongoing DNA research tells us that these 36 women, men and children were buried between 1750 and 1800. Some were born in Africa and others were born South Carolina.
Our Charleston ancestors WOKE to remind us of our shared PAST and to proclaim their humanity. We reburied them with dignity and honor in the PRESENT. They inspire us to create a FUTURE of greater reconciliation, truth, equity and healing.
For the reinterment ceremony we planned a series of events between April 27th through May 5th, 2019. These events were attended by over 700 people and were profoundly moving.
CHARLESTON WAS BUILT BY ENSLAVED AFRICANS. HERE WE HAVE THE REMAINS OF 36 PEOPLE WHO KNEW THAT TRUTH FIRSTHAND.