The Lost Freedmen's Town of Hamburg, South Carolina

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Hamburg is perhaps South Carolina’s most famous ghost town. Founded in 1821, it grew to four thousand residents before transportation advances led to decline. During Reconstruction, recently freed slaves reshaped Hamburg into a freedmen’s village, where residents held local, county and state offices. These gains were wiped away after the Hamburg Massacre in 1876, a watershed event that left seven African Americans dead, most of them executed in cold blood. Yet more than a century after Hamburg, the one white supremacist killed in the melee is canonized by the racially divisive Meriwether Monument in downtown North Augusta. Author Michael Smith details the amazing events that created this unique community with a lasting legacy.
ISBN: 9781467148559
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: South Carolina
Series: Lost
Images: 35
Pages: 176
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
A resident of Aiken, South Carolina, Michael S. Smith worked as a journalist in South Carolina for more than twenty years and as a technical writer for the past three years. He has won dozens of South Carolina Press Association awards for writing and investigative journalism, including Journalist of the Year in 2006 and 2008. Smith graduated from Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina, in 1999 with bachelor’s degrees in secondary education and history.
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