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Liberia, South Carolina: An African American Appalachian Community

John M. Coggeshall


In 2007, while researching mountain culture in upstate South Carolina, anthropologist John M. Coggeshall stumbled upon the small community of Liberia in the Blue Ridge foothills. There he met Mable Owens Clarke and her family, the remaining members of a small African American community still living on land obtained immediately after the Civil War. This intimate history tells the story of five generations of the Owens family and their friends and neighbors, chronicling their struggles through slavery, Reconstruction, the Jim Crow era, and the desegregation of the state. Through hours of intervi ... More

Keywords: African American history, African Americans in Appalachia, Freedom colonies, South Carolina history, African American oral history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781469640853
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469640853.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John M. Coggeshall, author
Clemson University