Mt. Pleasant history squeezed by urban sprawl
As Mount Pleasant continues to boom, it is having to find a way to balance growth with history. And, in at least one case it seems like growth is winning: The 140-year-old African American community of Scanlonville.
Watch a clip from "Bin Yah," a documentary on development and Scanlonville.It's a quiet area that goes unnoticed, you'll find it mainly mentioned in historical texts or generic real estate listings. I've lived in the area for most of my 27 years and it's only now that I'm hearing of it. You can find brief mention of the region's past on Wikipedia:
The county would eventually sell the park land and it would be developed into a private gated community. And it wouldn't be the last time that land would drift away to remove the old and build the new.
The Charleston City Paper has a good write-up on the community and its greatest legal battle to preserve a graveyard that contains the remains of some 600 to 2,000.
The Chicora Foundation has an 80-page 2001 document that documents much of Scanlonville. Eventually the saga would end in 2005 when a judge ruled that the land could not be developed as it was "publicly dedicated." But the community's past is still under pressure from outside development and a 2008 documentary "Bin Yah" sought to document those issues. Though there's not too much to see if you drive past, maybe do because there might be even less of it left in 10 years.
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