Reconstruction Era designation celebration set for March 18

Photo by Jessicah Lawrence/Beaufort Today

It’s time to celebrate the establishment of the Reconstruction Era National Monument designation in Beaufort County.

The National Park Service and local partners invite the community to a celebration from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 18 at the Penn Center in St. Helena Island.

The dedication event is being organized by Beaufort County, Brick Baptist Church, the city of Beaufort, National Park Service, Penn Center, the town of Port Royal, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, and the U.S. Navy, which all played a role in fighting to receive the national recognition.

“The establishment of the Reconstruction Era National Monument is enormously important to our city, county, region, and nation,” said Mayor Billy Keyserling. “National recognition of this period in the development of the United States unlocks some treasures of our hidden history, giving students, scholars, and the general public opportunities to better understand our past as we create our future.”


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