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Liberia, South CarolinaAn African American Appalachian Community$
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John M. Coggeshall

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469640853

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469640853.001.0001

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It’s Sacred Ground

It’s Sacred Ground

The Cultural Meaning of Land

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Liberia, South Carolina

John M. Coggeshall

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter uses the example of Liberia’s returning population to offer a wider examination of the relationship between Appalachian residents and their family land. Using an anthropological lens, the chapter outlines the cultural process by which land becomes a member of one’s family. Specifically, the process entails ownership of family land, occupancy of family land, memories of that land, the merging of land and people through time, and finally the anthropomorphizing of land. The chapter ends with an Epilogue linking enslaved ancestors from the Oolenoy Valley with descendants still living in Liberia, and the sweep of history over the same landscape.

Keywords:   Cultural meaning of land, Sense of place in Appalachia, African Americans in Appalachia, Liberia, South Carolina, Soapstone Baptist Church, Othermothers

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