McKinley Lectures about Phosphate Mining Thursday

The Beaufort District Collection is delighted to have the Beaufort County Historical Society and the Coastal Discovery Museum as co-sponsors for Dr. Sheperd McKinley's lectures on the little known, but very historically significant, local phosphate mining industry.

Dr. McKinley (UNC-Charlotte) will expose the heretofore invisible black laborers who moved fluidly between factory, mining, agriculture, fishing, and hunting to scratch out a living for their families and maintain a quality of life that was an expression of the high value the recently emancipated enslaved placed on family, education and autonomy. Come hear why McKinley sees southern industrialization as a "distinctly southern process, led initially by the planter elite and strongly influenced by the black labor force" more accustomed to working within the relatively flexible confines of the task system rather than the dictates of a factory time clock.

Attend one of the sessions on Thurs., May 15, 2014 to learn more about this industry that helped transform the South. The lectures are free and open to the general public.

• BDC@ St. Helena Branch Library, 6355 Jonathan Francis Sr Road at Noon with co-sponsor Beaufort County Historical Society.

Please note: The Beaufort County Historical Society offers an optional lunch meal for a fee. Please make reservations for lunch by calling 843.524.3942 or by e-mailing Hoffmaks@earthlink.net by Monday, May 12th.

• BDC@ Coastal Discovery Museum, Honey Horn Plantation, Hilton Head Island at 3 pm.

Please note: Space is limited. Please reserve your seat by calling the Museum at 843.689.6767, ext 223.