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Posted on: June 7, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Poetry with Kendra Hamilton June 18 at McLeod Plantation Historic Site

Poet and author Kendra Hamilton

McLeod Plantation Historic Site wraps up springtime art series June 18 with Poet Kendra Hamilton

Limited number of free admissions to be provided by James Island Arts Committee

[JAMES ISLAND] – The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC)’s new four-part art series at McLeod Plantation Historic Site hosts its final event of the spring on June 18, featuring poet Kendra Hamilton.

On Sunday, June 18, the public is invited to join Kendra Hamilton for a poetry reading and book signing, free with admission to McLeod Plantation, from 2 – 4 p.m. Providing a modern perspective on the experiences of African Americans on plantations, Hamilton is a Cave Canem fellow and author of “The Goddess of Gumbo” and “Romancing the Gullah.” Advance registration is not required to participate. Refreshments will be provided, and following the poetry reading, guests are invited to attend a complimentary 30-minute guided tour of McLeod Plantation Historic Site.

Many visitors to the poetry reading on June 18 will receive free admission. The Town of James Island Arts Committee raised $750 to cover admission to the historic site for those wanting to attend Poetry with Kendra Hamilton. The free admissions will be provided to those specifically attending the poetry reading on a first-come, first-served basis (up to $750 total).

McLeod Plantation Historic Site is open for regular visitation every Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to McLeod Plantation is $15 for adults, $12 for ages 60 and up, or $6 for ages 3-12. Gold Pass holders (up to four guests per visit) and ages two and under are free of charge.

Located on James Island and owned and operated by CCPRC, McLeod Plantation Historic Site is a former sea island cotton plantation that has borne witness to some of the most significant periods of Charleston history. Today McLeod Plantation is an important 37-acre Gullah-Geechee heritage site carefully preserved in recognition of its cultural and historical significance. The site’s buildings include homes that make up Transition Row, where enslaved families and their free descendants lived during the 19th and 20th centuries.

For more information, visit or call 843-762-9514.

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