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Quick Fact Friday 2019.01.11
Posted on Jan 11th, 2019

Prior to the Civil War, Snee Farm primarily cultivated rice and indigo as its main crops through slave labor and traditional West African agricultural techniques.  The system of agriculture adopted by Snee Farm drew heavily on the labor patterns and knowledge of African slaves and their descendants.
The tools used in the harvesting process were very similar to those used in West Africa for agriculture. Tools like winnowing baskets, hand sewn sweetgrass, palmetto leaves, and bulrush were essential to the process of harvesting rice.  The construction of these tools is comparable to the construction of sweetgrass baskets you can find today at traditional roadside stands along US Highway 17 within the Town's Sweetgrass Basket Overlay District.
Post-Civil War, Snee Farm became chiefly food-producing, including such southern staples as snap beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, and pecans. The African-American community living in proximity to the plantation provided the majority of labor for the 500+ acres of produce. This produce was then sold locally or shipped by boat to the Southern Railroad docks in Charleston. Some produce was shipped as far as New York.
More to come in next week's Quick Fact Friday as we prepare to celebrate Black History Month in February!
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