Cultural History Fund

The Cultural and History Fund is currently focusing on cultural and historical education opportunities that foster a more equitable society, by expressing a unified narrative of African American history, culture, heritage and art at McLeod Plantation Historic Site.

Key Focus Areas

  • The Arts at McLeod - Contributions to the Cultural & History Fund allow Charleston County Parks Foundation to support free admissions to Poetry at McLeod, an innovative series hosted at McLeod Plantation Historic Site where African American poets reclaim the plantation landscape by exploring their past, present, future and the imagined in their own voices. 
  • Engaging Descendant Communities - A “descendant community” includes people whose ancestors were enslaved and/or whose descendants lived at a particular site. Furthermore, a descendant community includes those whose ancestors lived throughout the region, welcoming all that may be connected. The Cultural & History Fund supports our ongoing outreach efforts to engage descendant communities throughout the Lowcountry and beyond. 
  • The Sankofa Memorial Garden - Donations made to the Cultural & History Fund support the ongoing research of The Sankofa Memorial Garden, which works to preserve and memorialize one of the oldest African and African American cemeteries in Charleston. 
  • Field Trips to McLeod - The Charleston County Parks Foundation provides support to deserving schools to offset the expense associated with participating in an educational field trip to McLeod Plantation Historic Site

"Outreach to the descendant community is a chief priority and their voices, combined with the administrative and financial support of the Foundation, allows Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission to provide programs with heart and soul, and that really means the world."

- Toby Smith, Cultural History Interpretation Coordinator, Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission