The McLeod Plantation Dairy Building, c. 1938. Courtesy of the McLeod Family Visual Materials at the South Carolina Historical Society.
A former sea island cotton plantation, McLeod Plantation was built and sustained by generations of enslaved people whose descendants continued to live and work on the land through the 20th century. Today, McLeod is an interpretive site; beyond the former plantation house, the historic landscape includes a kitchen, dairy, cotton gin, barn, privy, and six cabins for the enslaved, providing visitors an expanded view of African American life within the plantation system. In light of these efforts, McLeod was recently acknowledged by the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience in recognition of its contribution to connecting past struggles to today’s movements for human rights and transitional justice.
More information on McLeod Plantation coming soon.