Award-winning actor Isaiah Washington will be coming to Charleston to speak at Magnolia Plantation for the dedication of five newly renovated African-American cabins. The cabin project, entitled “From Slavery to Freedom: The Magnolia Plantation Slave Cabin Project”, funded in part by a $100,000 grant from the Annenberg foundation, will be the start and focus of a nationwide educational project to “interpret the African-American experience at a Southern plantation from slavery through the Civil Rights Movement.” Washington, who will be giving the dedication keynote speech at 11 a.m. on February 28th, has recently founded the Gondobay Manage Foundation which provides aid and clean water to 1,000 children from Sierra Leone. Bunce Island near Freeport, Sierra Leone was one of the main ports for African enslavement and direct shipment to Charleston and its plantations. Starting March 1, the renovated cabins and their surrounding landscape will feature an interpretive learning center and regularly scheduled programs to further the project’s mission. —Hadley Lyman

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