History and Geology For SINHG Members

The autumn series of SINHG Trips recently brought SINHG members to downtown Charleston’s “Four Corners Of Law” at Broad and Meeting Streets with historian and tour guide Carol Ezell-Gilson, who delved into the deep historic roots of the location, from Charleston’s early ecclesiastical life represented by St. Michael’s Church to the Civil War upheavals around City Hall and the county Courthouse and the Federal District Courthouse’s role in the civil rights movement of the 1950’s. One SINHG member in the group provided a personal note through his acquaintance with Septima Clark, who played a key role in desegregating the county’s schools and public institutions and was a well-known figure at all four institutions.

Closer to home, another SINHG group took to North Beach with Marine Geologist Leslie Sautter of the College of Charleston, who explained the shifting geology of our barrier island’s dune formation and the importance of the “cut” at Cap’n Sams Spit for beach renourishment. The group was especially struck by the presence on our beaches of “black sand”, which contains titanium used for many digital technology applications.
SINHG Fall Trips conclude next month, with Spring 2019 Trips to be announced soon.

– Submitted by Norm Powers, for SINHG