Support the Phillips Community achieve Historic Property Status

Support the Phillips Community achieve Historic Property Status

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Robert Sturdy started this petition to Charleston County Council

We are writing in support of the Phillips Community's pursuit of Designation of Historic Property status and Certificate of Historic Appropriateness. This designation will ensure the preservation of the character and quality of the Phillips Community, will give families and their descendants confidence in the long-term stability of their community, and will invite the wider Charleston community to join Phillips as stewards of our unique and important shared history.

The Phillips Community dates to the post-Civil War. It was formed when newly freed slaves acquired property around 1870. This property is situated along Horlbeck Creek and what is now the Highway 41 corridor. One of a number of historic African American communities East of the Cooper River in Charleston County, the Phillips Community has been recognized for its important contribution to the cultural landscape of this area and beyond:

  • The Phillips Community is a part of the Gullah-Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor designated through the 2006 United States Congress National Heritage Areas Act.
  • The Phillips Community was determined in 2010 to be a traditional cultural property by the South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office, which "concluded that Phillips is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion A for association with African-American ethnic heritage and due to retaining settlement patterns characteristic of Post-Bellum African-American communities" (Highway 41 Corridor Improvements Executive Summary).

For all the evident historic distinctions, the families that compose the still vibrant Phillips Community are our neighbors whose presence in our county is of immeasurable value. They continue to demonstrate the attributes of knowing and caring for one another, of persevering in the face of threat to and encroachment upon their quality of life, and of collaborating with those outside their community in the cause of goodness, justice, "the preservation of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness". 

Conferring this Historic Designation upon the Phillips Community is the only appropriate decision if we are to preserve essential history in Charleston County and aptly honor the ongoing contributions of this community to our society. 

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