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View from Enslaved Quarters at the Aiken-Rhett House Museum View from Enslaved Quarters at the Aiken-Rhett House Museum

The View From the Workyard: Black History at the Aiken-Rhett House

February 11, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

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This special tour, in honor of Black History Month, will be a full house tour given from the enslaved perspective, exploring how the landscape and buildings that make up the Aiken-Rhett House complex were experienced by those held in bondage. Looking beyond the bounds of enslavement, the tour will share some of the triumphs and persistent survival tactics that enabled some of the enslaved to succeed after emancipation as free Charlestonians. Additionally, the tour will give attention to the knowledge, skills, abilities, and ingenuity of an oppressed population who built the foundations of the American Republic, and who had equal share in creating a uniquely American culture and identity.

Black History Month is every month for Historic Charleston Foundation, but if you’ve never taken a tour like this before, February is a great time to begin seeking out the lasting legacies of enslaved communities across the nation. Why not start here, with us?

Guests will enjoy this private tour at the Aiken-Rhett House Museum, as the house is closed to the public for this program. Arrive at 9 am to enjoy light morning refreshments before the tour begins at 9:30 am. The special tour will last approximately 45-60 minutes and will include time for questions and discussion. Guests may also take the regular house museum tour upon conclusion if desired. Limited space available. $40 each, morning refreshments included.