Award-winning African American Program Returns to Historic Brattonsville on Sept. 13

The Rock Hill/York County CVB is pleased to announce that “By the Sweat of Our Brows” will return to Historic Brattonsville September 13. This year’s one day event will focus on a critical time period in the lives of 1800s African-Americans: the years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed.

McCONNELLS, SC (PRWEB) September 05, 2014

The award-winning program “By the Sweat of Our Brows” will return to Historic Brattonsville September 13. “By the Sweat of Our Brows” is a one day event that centers on the lives of African Americans who lived in the Brattonsville community in the 1800s. Throughout the day, historic interpreters go about their domestic routines in the fields, cabins, and kitchens to present an authentic experience about the lives of the enslaved.

This year’s program will focus on the freed slaves during the years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. Five powerful theatrical performances will be featured that will accurately portray the way of life during the Reconstruction Era.

“By the Sweat of Our Brows” is an essential part of the living history programming at Historic Brattonsville and offers a deeper interpretation of slavery. The program’s narrative includes both scholarly research and the collective memories of descendants of Bratton slaves. Earlier this year, the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission recognized “By the Sweat of Our Brows” as a project that significantly and dramatically influences in a permanent way the preservation and interpretation of African American history and culture in SC. The commission’s 2014 Project Award was presented to York County’s Culture and Heritage Museums at the South Carolina Archives & History Center in Columbia.

The event at Historic Brattonsville starts at 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Local musical ensemble Mellogroove will fill the air and “satisfy the need for authentic Soul Music.” Clarissa Lynch, author of “One Hearth, One Pot: For Love of Food and History” and blogger of “The Crooked Spoon,” will be giving cooking demonstrations. Storyteller Mozelle Robinson will be sharing stories by the grape arbor behind the Big House. Ongoing activities also include marble making, brick making, historic toys and games. Food vendors will be available and artisans will be selling their wares. Two bus tours are scheduled to take visitors to the original Hermon Presbyterian Church and revisit the Friendship Nine.

Historic Brattonsville is a 778-acre plantation and living history museum located at 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells, SC. The Culture & Heritage Museums is a family of museums in York County, SC, which includes Historic Brattonsville, the McCelvey Center, the Museum of York County and the Main Street Children's Museum. For more information on Culture and Heritage Museums’ Historic Brattonsville, please visit

About the Rock Hill/York County CVB
The Rock Hill/York County CVB is the destination marketing organization (DMO) responsible for developing an authentic, unified identity for York County, SC. As a DMO, the CVB’s goals are to promote the long-term development and marketing of their destination, focusing on convention, sports and leisure sales, tourism marketing and services. The organization works in collaboration with the CVB Board as well as the York County Council and appropriate funding sources. In 2008, the Rock Hill/York County CVB became the first accredited destination marketing organization in South Carolina.

For more information about “By the Sweat of Our Brows,” you may contact The Culture & Heritage Museums 803-329-2121. You may also contact the Rock Hill/York County CVB at 888-702-1320 or 803-329-5200 or visit their website at


  • Sonja Burris
    Rock Hill/York County Convention and Visitors Bureau
    +1 (888) 702-1320

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