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Jehossee Island in the News

preservation-admin , March 22, 2022

Post and Courier reporter interviews U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Archaeologist, Rick Kanaski on Jehossee Island in February, 2022.

This Sunday’s Post and Courier profiled ongoing preservation efforts at Jehossee Island. The front-page article and accompanying editorial highlighted coalition work the PSC has spearheaded to safeguard the important history of the former rice plantation once inhabited by one of the largest enslaved populations recorded in the southeast. Reporters Emily Williams and Robert Behre, and photographer Gavin McIntyre joined the PSC and fellow stakeholders on site last month to observe recent preservation work. Their visit prompted a two-part feature showcasing the island’s unique, historic landscape and encouraging continued collaboration toward research, interpretation, and access. The full stories are available at the links below:

On SC’s Jehossee Island, rare remnants of history and big potential for research,”
by Emily Williams

Editorial: Jehossee Island is a priceless time capsule. Care for its contents.,”
by Editorial Staff

Today, Jehossee Island is part of a National Wildlife Refuge managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). As public land free from the constraints of private ownership, Jehossee presents a unique opportunity to engage the broader community in shaping how the land is managed and how its story is told. The PSC has been a catalyst for action in the collaborative effort to ensure the island’s valuable cultural resources remain for generations to come. As we look forward to future work to elevate the profile of this nationally significant site, we are grateful for this coverage that we hope will inspire new public interest and involvement in this preservation partnership.

Learn more about Jehossee Island on the PSC website. The PSC is proud to be working on this project in collaboration with our partners at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the ACE Basin Task Force, Drayton Hall, the Charleston Museum, and Historic Charleston Foundation. 

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