Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

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Mount Pleasant is a large suburban town in Charleston County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 47,609 at the 2000 census. As of 2007, the town had an estimated population of 64,707.





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A Taste of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

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.

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Demographics of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

By Race

White

Black

Native American

Asian

Hispanic

Total Population

90.17%

7.25%

0.17%

1.18%

1.33%

Because Hispanics could be counted in other races, the totals above could possibly be more than 100%. If you would like a detailed listing of all ethnic groups in the U.S., please Click Here.







Businesses in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina


DINING - CATERING

  1. Gullah Cuisine -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants -  Gullah-style food   - 1717 Hwy. 17 N., Mt. Pleasant (843) 881-9076

  2. H & R Sweet Shop -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants -  Comfort style foods   - 102 Royall Avenue, Mt. Pleasant (843) 884-2118

  3. Shane's Rib Shack -  Category: BBQ -  Barbecue food   - 1909 Hwy 17 N, Mt. Pleasant (843) 881-6565




VIDEO CONNECTION

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.












CHURCHES

  1. Ebenezer Mt Zion AME Church -  1095 Rifle Range Road, Mount Pleasant, SC (843) 881-6241

  2. Greater Goodwill AME Church -  2818 N Highway 17, Mount Pleasant, SC (843) 884-0903

  3. Holy Trinity AME Church -  378 State Road S-10-56, Mount Pleasant, SC (843) 881-3226

  4. Olive Branch Ame Church -  1734 N Hwy 17, Mount Pleasant, SC (843) 884-5130






ENTERTAINMENT

  1. 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)






ANNUAL EVENTS

  1. ArtFest Keeps Diversity Alive!
    (March)   Located at Towne Centre

    Varied ethnic traditions share their talents with the public





 

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