The Lowcountry Africana
Web site will launch this Saturday with groundbreaking research on genealogies of slaves on Drayton family plantations in South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Texas and Barbados.
Researchers from the University of South Florida Africana Heritage Project
and descendants of slaves who lived on the plantations collaborated to compile and interpret the records. The Magnolia Plantation
Foundation of Charleston, SC, sponsored the project and free genealogy wiki WeRelate.org
helped develop the site.
Many of the records came from Drayton Hall Plantation
(shown below in about 1880), also in Charleston, which holds the family’s papers.
Lowcountry Africana will focus not only on Drayton plantation records, but also on those from throughout the former rice-growing areas of the coastal Southeast, which gave rise to the Gullah-Geechee culture