U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn and National Park Service director Jonathan Jarvis will visit Beaufort County on Thursday to tour possible sites for a national monument to Reconstruction and to hear from the public on the proposal.
The meeting will be held from noon until 2 p.m. at Brick Baptist Church, 85 Martin Luther King Drive on St. Helena Island. Clyburn and Jarvis are expected to be joined by other federal and local officials, including Capt. Jeffrey Korsnes, commanding officer of Naval Hospital Beaufort.
Sites being considered for inclusion in the monument are Darrah Hall at Penn Center, the Camp Saxton site — which includes the Emancipation Oak —in Port Royal on the grounds of what his now Naval Hospital Beaufort, Brick Baptist Church, the old Beaufort firehouse and Robert Smalls’ Beaufort home.
“Our country desperately needs to better understand this era of our history, and including these sites in the National Park System is critical to this effort,” Clyburn said in a statement last week. “We must preserve these places and stories for future generations as well as make them accessible to the public.”