As a result of the Civil War, slaves who worked the area plantations were free to seek their own enterprise. Of special note is Scanlonville, one of the first African-American communities to be formed in Charleston after the Civil War which still exists today in Mount Pleasant. Robert Scanlon, a former slave and freedman carpenter, purchased the 614-acre (248 ha) property known as Remley's Plantation bordering Charleston Harbor along the Wando River in Mount Pleasant.
Robert Scanlon was the president and founder of the Charleston Land Company, formed by 100 poor African-American men of Charleston who paid $10 per share to purchase large tracts of land in the area. The Charleston Land Company then divided it up for possession by freed slaves seeking to own their own land. Remley's Plantation was divided into farm lots and town lots (which were smaller) to form the community of Scanlonville. The Charleston Land Company and Scanlonville are one of the only four known cooperative ventures among African-American freedmen after the Civil War.
Mount Pleasant is separated from Charleston by the Cooper River. For many years it was primarily populated seasonally by Charleston residents wealthy enough to afford summer homes across the river from the Charleston peninsula. The population of Mount Pleasant was centered in an area of the town now known as "The Old Village".
The median income for a household in the town was $61,054, and the median income for a family was $71,165. Males had a median income of $50,673 versus $31,640 for females. The per capita income for the town was $30,823. About 3.2% of families and 5.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.3% of those under age 18 and 6.6% of those age 65 or over.
H & R Sweet Shop - Category: Soul Food Restaurants - Comfort style foods - 102 Royall Avenue, Mt. Pleasant (843) 884-2118
Shane's Rib Shack - Category: BBQ - Barbecue food - 1909 Hwy 17 N, Mt. Pleasant (843) 881-6565
Bin Yah: There's No Place Like Home is a documentary presented by The ChasDOC Film Society that explores the potential loss of important historic African American communities in Mt. Pleasant, S.C due to growth and development. Through the testimonies of the residents themselves, the film explores the culture, the history, the importance of land and the concept of home, giving a voice to those who seldom have had a chance to be heard.
Ebenezer Mt Zion AME Church - 1095 Rifle Range Road, Mount Pleasant, SC (843) 881-6241
Greater Goodwill AME Church - 2818 N Highway 17, Mount Pleasant, SC (843) 884-0903
Holy Trinity AME Church - 378 State Road S-10-56, Mount Pleasant, SC (843) 881-3226
Olive Branch Ame Church - 1734 N Hwy 17, Mount Pleasant, SC (843) 884-5130
Boone Hall Plantation - Category: Cultural - REVIEW: "If you are really looking for that deep southern plantation life this is for sure the place to connect with that." - 1235 State Road S-10-97, Mount Pleasant, SC (843) 884-4371 - (visit website)
ArtFest Keeps Diversity Alive! (March) Located at Towne Centre
Varied ethnic traditions share their talents with the public
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