Some truth about Sojourner Truth

Posted by on 10:28 pm in Blog | 0 comments

Did you know she was born Isabella Baumfree? That and lots of important and interesting info in this article in Smithsonian Magazine.

And here’s an interesting piece from NPR from 2022. “Sojourner Truth court documents found 194 years after legal battle to free enslaved son”. “

“Historian Nell Irvin Painter is calling a new find in the New York state archives dramatic and moving. The documents accidentally uncovered by archivist Jim Folts detail abolitionist and women’s rights advocate Sojourner Truth’s legal battle — and victory — to free her 9-year-old enslaved son.

Folts and Irvin Painter join Here & Now’s Robin Young to talk about the unexpected find and its significance.

This article was originally published on

Cemetery Signs Are Up!

Posted by on 9:52 pm in Blog | 0 comments

We want to thank the Daniel Island POA for erecting our news signs at Daniel Island’s four cemeteries.

Shown below are Lesesne Cemetery and Simmons Cemetery with Cemetery Chair Dick Porter and committee volunteer Diane Lesko.

Signs are also up at the Alston and Grove Cemeteries and we will add those pictures soon.

For more on the signs and our cemetery efforts:

For background on the four DI cemeteries CLICK HERE

And we’re expanding our efforts to the Cainhoy area:

Documenting Sacred Spaces

Posted by on 7:34 pm in Blog | 0 comments

DIHS President/Co-Founder Beth Bush, wearing another of her many hats, has an interesting article in this week’s DI News.,

Cleaning up, restoring and preserving cemeteries is a major focus of DIHS. We’re actively involved with the four cemeteries on Daniel Island and increasingly with cemeteries in the Cainhoy area.

Learn more at the following links:

For a comprehensive overview

Blog entry on Cainhoy cemeteries:

Blog entry on new signs recognizing DIHS efforts:

Blog entry on state recognition of DIHS efforts:

Busy Times at the Charleston Museum

Posted by on 2:04 pm in Blog | 0 comments

Homeschool History Day: Gullah Traditions

Thursday February 15

10:00 – 11:00 AM and 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Discover the Gullah culture of the Lowcountry and learn how enslavement of people from Africa defined the foods, music, and culture of South Carolina. Homeschool History Day programs feature a field trip experience, a chance to go through the Museum, and an educational activity. Recommended for ages 6 to 12.

Reservations required. Two sessions offered: 10 – 11 AM and 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

$5 for Museum Member Students | $10 for Non-Member Students

Free for Museum Member Adults | $12 for Non-Member Adults

For more information: call 843-722-2996 ext. 236 REGISTER

Black Inventors Workshop

Friday February 16

2:00 – 4:00 PM

Learn about the inventions and creations of Black inventors including Lewis Latimer, George Crum, Lonnie Johnson, and Garrett Morgan. Tinker with circuits, create flashlights, and participate in experiments in honor of these men and women. Museum Workshops offer kids a chance to get hands-on with history and natural history. Included in our workshops are a lesson on the topic and hands-on activities.

Recommended for children ages 6 to 12. Reservations required.

$10 Museum Member Child | $15 Non-member Child

For more information: call 843-722-2996 ext. 236 REGISTER

Presidents’ Day: Museum and its Historic Houses OPEN

Monday February 19

The Charleston Museum and its Historic Houses are open on President’s Day.  

The Charleston Museum: Monday through Saturday 9 am to 5 pm, Sunday 12 to 5 pm

Heyward-Washington House: Monday through Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday 12 to 5 pm (last tour begins at 4:15 pm)

Joseph Manigault House: Monday through Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday 12 to 5 pm (last tour begins at 4:30 pm)


2024 Annual Oyster Roast at the Dill Sanctuary

Saturday February 24

12:00 – 3:00 PM

Join us on February 24 from 12:00 – 3:00 pm for The Charleston Museum’s 2024 Annual Oyster Roast! Enjoy an incredible view of the Stono River at the Dill Sanctuary while you shuck oysters, eat delicious barbecue and the perfect sides from Rappahannock Oyster Bar, and enjoy sweet treats from Charleston Sugar Studio.  Attendees are also invited to join Museum Curators for a guided tour of Battery Pringle. Bring your appetites, your coolers (this event is BYOB), your chairs and blankets, and join us for a perfect day in the Lowcountry. The Dill Sanctuary, a wildlife sanctuary, is only open to the public for select programs with The Charleston Museum.  Due to the nature of the wildlife sanctuary, pets are not permitted on the property.  

Please note that the Dill Sanctuary Oyster Roast is BYOB.

Reservations required. Tickets are all-inclusive and include admission to the Dill Sanctuary, sandwich, sides, oysters, desserts and guided tour of Battery Pringle.

$55 for Members | $65 for Non-Members.

Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 843.722.2996. ext. 235.

No pets, please, as this event is held at a wildlife reservation. REGISTER

A Chance to Say Thanks!

Posted by on 1:06 pm in Blog | 0 comments

Supporting…and receiving support from…other groups on Daniel Island is vital to helping achieve our mission. So if you enjoyed our joint venture Saturday with Bishop England High School, here’s a chance to say thank you. Please consider supporting this worthwhile scholarship!

Miss the Saturday program? Catch up at…/watato-brings-a…/

Watoto Brings a Message of Love, Hope, Achievement and Joy!

Posted by on 1:13 pm in Blog | 0 comments

The title of our special Black History Month program was “Let’s Try Love: African American History through the Performing Arts”. And as Watoto Academy founder Donald O’Conner explained “it’s all about the journey!” DIHS partnered with Bishop England High School for a truly special evening that began with O’Conner’s presentation and Q&A, a brief social gathering and then a performance of This Joint is Jumpin’ by the Watoto group based at Meeting Street Academy.

DIHS President/C0-founder Beth Bush and Donald O'Conner of Watato.

It was a special evening where O’Conner gave a short presentation on how Watoto came to be…and how it ended up in Charleston. O’Conner credited Meeting Street Academy’s Ben Navarro for setting the expectations. O’Conner says the ultimate goal is for each individual to achieve his/her own version of the American Dream! “My vision is America is us!”

Sharing the stage with O’Conner was Mylyr Earnest…a perfect illustration of the power of Watoto. She joined the original group in Memphis as a disadvantaged child. Watoto propelled her through high school and college. Mylyr recently moved to Charleston to rejoin O’Conner and the group as a performance coach! She wants to help others travel their own version of her journey!

Mylyr Earnest and Donald O'Conner

Chris Frisby, former DIHS President and currently Bishop England’s Dean of Student Success and Engagement moderated the Q&A after O’Conner’s presentation. We then adjourned for some refreshments prior to the Watoto performance.

Unfortunately we had some camera issues (more likely operator failure) and we didn’t get usable video of the Watoto performance. The good news is that DIHS Board member Tory Sullivan got some great shots from the audience. They give you a taste of the wonderful dynamic and energy the Watoto kids shared that night.

Again, apologies over not being able to show the video of the entire performance but here’s a quick excerpt…..

WATOTO is worth learning more about…here’s a bio of Donald O’Conner. Here’s more about the group, and here are some YouTube links to recent performances…….2024 MSS Watoto’s “Asante Sana” at Dock Street Theatre also Meeting Street Schools WatotoAcademy Performance

Up Next for the DIHS Book Club

Posted by on 11:44 pm in Blog | 0 comments

Did you know there’s a DIHS book club? The next sessions are Thursday, February 8

We will discuss “By Her Own Design,” a novel about the woman who designed and created Jacqueline Kennedy’s wedding gown!

We meet the second Thursday of each month, with both a morning session and an evening session.

New books are selected each month! To join our email list, contact Beth Bush at

A New Way to Spread the Word!

Posted by on 1:11 pm in Blog | 0 comments

Spreading the word about local history is the key to the DIHS mission. The support of local publications including the DI News, the Moultrie News and the Charleston City Paper have been essential. We are grateful for their continuing support. And we’ve just added another way to get out the word.

Beginning with the March issue, we will be featured in Stroll Daniel Island magazine with a monthly article highlighting current activities and sharing island history.

Our articles will be sponsored by Liberty Beans Coffee Company. Liberty Beans owners Jim and Diane Morton, recent arrivals on Daniel Island. Diane teaches at Bishop England while retired chef Jim runs the coffee company.

History Makes News!

Posted by on 7:41 pm in Blog | 0 comments

I’m not sure I’ve ever lived anywhere else where local history routinely was routinely covered in local newspapers. Here are a few examples from Wednesday, January 31.

Philip Simmons is iconic here on Daniel Island but his fame and appreciation for the art of his ironwork is spreading as well. Great article in the DI NEWS by Reporter Emma Slaven.

Post & Courier columnist Steve Bailey looks at the problems the John C. Calhoun statue and the recovered Civil War submarine the CSS Hunley are having finding new and permanent homes. The issues include politics and cost.


You may remember Steve Bailey’s appearance at Our February 2023 program Searching for Healing Truth.

The P&C also had a front page story this morning headlined “Revolutionary-era site in Pee Dee could shed light on SC frontier life” by reporter Seth Taylor. The search for buried shreds of history is being conducted by the Archaeological Institute of the Pee Dee.

Please note that the Post & Courier operates behind a ‘pay wall’ and non subscribers may not be able to access these articles. You may find them more accessible via our Facebook page

New signs highlight cemetery cleanup/preservation efforts

Posted by on 8:05 pm in Blog | 0 comments

The Daniel Island Historical Society is proud to announce that we have created new signs to encourage folks to “honor and remember” the interred as they visit these sacred sites. The signs will be placed at Simmons Cemetery, Lesesne Cemetery, Grove Cemetery and Alston Cemetery. Cleaning up and helping to preserve cemeteries on Daniel Island has long been a project of DIHS. More recently we’ve expanded to similar work on cemeteries up the Cainoy peninsula.

DiHS cemetery efforts are currently led by Dick Porter and Kim Sermershein with an ever growing cadre of volunteers.

Porter says his group is motivated by the opportunity to preserve local history. “The Cemetery Committee believes our work is rewarding, strenuous at times, but becomes a lesson in history. Hopefully, our efforts will enable a deeper appreciation of our historic island by all residents and visitors.”

DIHS is grateful to the Daniel Island Community Fund for generously supporting this effort. For more information on our island cemeteries, visit

For more information on our island cemeteries, visit