State’s Revolutionary War history subject of museum exhibit

May 27, 2014 

Sgt. Jasper raising the battle flag of the Colonial forces over present-day Fort Moultrie on June 28, 1776, during the Battle of Sullivan's Island.

South Carolina’s role in the American Revolution is the focus of a new exhibit at the State Museum.

“The American Revolutionary War in South Carolina,” which opened May 24, retells the story of the battles that took place across the colony, from the Battle of Cowpens in the Upstate to the Battle of Sullivan’s Island on the coast. It also examines the roles of South Carolina women, Native Americans and African-Americans in the war.

The museum also will host a series of Revolutionary War discussions led by guest speakers throughout the summer.

June 14 at 11 a.m., a family friendly play, “The Spy Named Emily,” will share the story of Emily Geiger, a South Carolina girl who served as a patriot spy during the war. Families will be able to take a close look at some replicas of objects from the period to better understand what life was like during the American Revolution. Also June 14, Midlands Technical College history instructor Anthony J. Scotti Jr. will discuss key battles and the importance of the Revolution.

June 21 will feature two lectures, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. First, State Museum Foundation board chairman John McCabe will discuss Francis Marion, William Danger Thompson, Henry Laurens and other military leaders who struggled with partisan, political and personal divisions. The later lecture will be given by Fritz Hamer, curator of published materials at the South Caroliniana Library, exploring how the Cherokee nation hoped to partner with the British to reclaim their land.

The exhibit will be on display until August 17.

The museum is at 301 Gervais St. and is open seven days a week throughout the summer. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

Admission for nonmembers is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $5 for children. Ages 2 and under are free.

Bridget Winston,

Special to The State

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