A NOTE FROM THE PRESIDENT 3.21.17

In case you missed it, Southern Living announced last week that its 22,000 readers had selected Beaufort as “Best Small Town in the South!” Our Southern charm, mixed with our history and values, make Beaufort a place that we’re all happy to call home. I have enjoyed seeing Beaufort in the news over this accolade, and seeing our town receive the recognition and praise that it so well-deserves.

This past Saturday, March 18, marked the beginning of the Reconstruction Era National Monument in Beaufort County. The Reconstruction Era National Monument, approved in January by presidential proclamation, is composed of historic buildings and landscapes in northern Beaufort County:

  • Darrah Hall and Brick Baptist Church within Penn School National Historic Landmark District on St. Helena Island, the site of one of the country’s first schools for freed slaves and a church built by slaves in 1855 and then turned over to the former slaves in 1862;
  • The Camp Saxton Site, on U.S. Navy property in Port Royal, where some of the first African-Americans joined the U.S. Army, and the site where elaborate ceremonies were held on New Year’s Day 1863 to announce and celebrate the enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation;
  • The Old Beaufort Firehouse, a historic building located in Beaufort’s National Historic Landmark District within walking distance of dozens of other historic Reconstruction properties, including the home of Congressman Robert Smalls.
    This is tremendous news for Beaufort, Port Royal and the Sea Islands, and we are grateful to the many men and women who worked so tirelessly to see this monument become a reality.

Don’t forget! The Civitas Awards Gala & Annual Meeting will take place on Friday, June 2. March 22 is the last day to submit Civitas Awards nominations. Please take this opportunity to nominate a friend, co-worker, business or organization you think deserves public recognition for doing a great job. Please contact LaNelle@BeaufortSC.org for a nomination form. Thank you for your time and consideration!
All The Best,

Blakely Williams

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