Posted By Bill Payer on Mar 1, 2022 | 0 comments

“The Lowcountry is emerald green and lacing gray. The landscape is visceral. Movement never ceases. Look from the sky and it appears as though the water has run veiny through the earth, making islands of a common ground. 

A wooden grave marker
A wooden grave marker for an enslaved person beside the Cooper River.  Virginia Richards

To get from Charleston, South Carolina, one of the old cities of the Lowcountry, to St. Augustine, Florida, one can go along the coastline, traversing the shallow waters of the Atlantic Ocean. There’s another waterway, though—an interconnected series of rivers and hand-dug canals made possible because of slavery. It is slower, safer and a historical treasure. Virginia McGee Richards has spent the past ten years studying and documenting it. She calls it the Inner Passage.” TO READ THE ARTICLE IN THE MARCH 2022 EDITION OF SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE CLICK HERE

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