We just returned from a few days in Charleston, South Carolina. My first time to that city.
We found what we were looking for, what we always look for:
Natural beauty, informed history, exploration and exercise.
Nature: spanish moss, swampland, swampgrass, flowers (one with a lizard inside), egrets, alligators, snakes, banana spiders (!), “Angel Oak”–400 years old, waterfront, rivers, sunsets. . .
French Quarter (cobblestone streets, tunneled alleyways, balconies, churches, places where George Washington stayed … great food of course!)
Charles Towne Landing (1670, Brits with slaves and Bahamians)
Fort Sumter (in Charleston harbor where the first conflict of the War Over Slavery aka the Civil War began)
Magnolia Plantation (going inside slave cabins on the “Slavery to Freedom” tour led by a Black woman educator … oh, and alligators!)
The Old Slave Mart (huge numbers of human beings auctioned for sale; learned from a Black woman educator).
⇒This is Critical History (forget the smoke screen of “critical race theory” arguments … Teach History!)
“Democratic liberty exists solely because we have slaves … freedom is not possible without slavery.” (Richmond Enquirer, 1856)