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Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Pavilion Dedication July 5, 2009

Jul 06, 2009

For the past year the History Workshop has planned, developed, written, and designed interpretive exhibits for the Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Pavilion at the new Waterfront Memorial Park in Mount Pleasant.  The grand opening and dedication of the pavilion was held July 5, 2009. Waterfront Memorial Park is located on land acquired from the South Carolina Department of Transportation as part of mitigative efforts associated with construction of the new Arthur Ravenel Bridge.

The new park includes a visitor center, a War Memorial, a fishing pier built out into the river on footings of the old Cooper River bridge, and the Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Pavilion.  The pavilion houses three interpretive kiosks that share the history of basketmaking in Mount Pleasant and explore the evolution of sweetgrass baskets from agricultural tool to unique American art form.  The exhibit also includes two large outdoor panels, decorative banners, large black and white images, and a video presentation.  Local basketmakers are invited to make and sell baskets at the pavilion.

The History Workshop received great support and assistance from Michael Allen at NPS, members of the Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival Association, Councilwoman Thomasena Stokes-Marshall, and of course the Town.  We all believe that the pavilion will become an important stop along the new Gullah Geechee National Heritage Corridor.


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