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South Carolina and Reconstruction, 1865-1876

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Admission

This exhibit is free with museum general admission or membership.

Adult (13-61): $8.95
Seniors (62 +): $7.95
Children (3-12): $6.95
Infants 2 and under: FREE

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South Carolina and Reconstruction, 1865-1876

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The years following the Civil War were a time of great upheaval. After the bloodiest war in American history, the country was redefining itself.

The exhibit uses artifacts from the time period to examine the devastation of the war, changes in labor, society, and the law. Including:

  • A caisson used by soldiers returning from Appomattox, Va.

  • An authentic carpetbag.

  • Farm tools used by workers in the aftermath of the Civil War.

  • Desk and chair from the State House, used during Reconstruction.

  • A copy of the state‚Äôs 1868 constitution.

  • School desks dating from when the state offered for public education for the first time

  • Items owned by Reconstruction era politicians and Gov. Wade Hampton, III.

  • And much more.

The exhibit also explores the struggles faced by African-Americans to define their newly acquired citizenship on their terms against forces that would return the state to its prewar structure.

This tumultuous era for South Carolinians had broad triumphs and laid the groundwork for future victories in civil and equal rights. Visitors will learn that although Reconstruction ended in 1876, we continue to struggle with its promises today.