Episode 11, Season 3 / Dec 28, 2023

Wade In the Water

Reconstruction, then and now (Part II)

The Prologue

The Prologue

In this two-part episode, producer Sara A. Lewis visits the South Carolina Sea Islands, where the triumphs and tragedies of Reconstruction have left a unique legacy. In Part II, join Sara on Hilton Head and St. Helena, two more islands where the promises of Reconstruction blossomed into independent, self-sufficient communities of formerly enslaved people. On Hilton Head, Sara visits Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park, once the site of a self-governed Black community; on St. Helena, she explores the Penn School, the nation’s first school for emancipated slaves and home to a civil rights legacy that stretches into the 20th century and beyond. This episode features musical performance by Frankie James, Olivia Stith, Samantha Higgs, and Dominique Jones, with arrangement by Frankie James, and is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the African American History Commission.

Beyond The Prologue

From the Archive: “The Knoxes of Murrells Inlet”

In this piece from our South Carolina Music Issue, Eric Crawford explores the Gullah Geechee culture through music, highlighting the connective tissue between the Negro spiritual and the blues. Read the full essay here.