Historic Phillips Community school building | Photo provided by the Preservation Society of Charleston
Phillips Community is one of the last remaining historic Black settlement communities in the region, and is currently threatened by Charleston County’sAlternate 1proposal to widen Highway 41 directly through the historic + residential area.
The community was established by freedmen in 1878 + was named after Phillips Plantation. The former slaves of Laurel Hill, Parker Island + Boone Hall Plantations purchased 10 acre parcels of land where they settled to become farmers, tradesmen, businessmen + landowners. The community was independent and self-sustaining, rooted in Gullah traditions, values and history.
Phillips Community historical marker | Photo by Harriet Richardson, provided by the Preservation Society of Charleston
Today, many of its residents are descendants of the original settlers + live according to the same patterns and values.
The $5,000 grant will support the nonprofit partnership’s efforts to produce a National Register Historic District nomination for Phillips Community that will protect the area and its residents from the disturbance + destruction that would come with the widening of Highway 41.
Read more on what this project might mean for the community here + keep up with its preservation efforts here.
Coronavirus ○ Roper St. Francis Healthcarehas put a temporary pause on COVID-19 vaccine appointments due to delivery issues, and anyone eligible for the vaccine will be put on a waiting list. (WCIV) ○VisitSCDHEC’s website for full coronavirus data + stats, and here for daily positive COVID-19 cases + related deaths in South Carolina andaccelerateSC’s website for full coronavirus data + stats on South Carolina’s employment, business, economy, education, and more.
Development ○ Local real estate investors Thomas Massey + Jason Ray recently purchased 73 acres of land in Dorchester County. The business partners plan to use the space to build everything from office buildings to residential homes. 🚧 (Post and Courier)
Ranked ○ 28th. Charleston’s ranking in WalletHub’s list of 2021 Best Places to Get Married. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, this list offers insight on Charleston’s average wedding cost, chapel and churches per capita, bridal shops per capita + more. 💒
List ○ BKeDSHoP(99 Westedge St. Suite 1950)has made Food & Wine’s list of Best Doughnuts in Every State. Along with its giant square donuts, the shop is noted for its visually-pleasing interior, espresso bar, on-premise plant shop + more. (Food & Wine)
TodayIs ○Treat Yo’ Self Day. Between now and Valentine’s Day, Sweetgrass Plastic Surgery is offering$5,000 breast augmentation cosmetic surgery. Looking for something a bit more relaxing? Consider a $99 facial of the month. More about Sweetgrass’ services here. Ⓟ
Finance ○ Meet the highest-paying cash back card, boasting a 3% cash back choice in 6 categories (think: online shopping, dining, travel, gas + more). Cardholders also receive a $200 bonus offer and 0%interest for 12 months – with no annual fee. Learn more.Ⓟ
Click the button below for local resources regarding COVID-19.
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
ICYMI: With the help of our Lowcountry friend, VaLinda Miller, owner of the Turning Page Bookshop — a local Black-owned bookstore — we gathered a list of highly suggested books to read during Black History Month (and year-round). 📚
🔄 Catch up on any newsletters you may have missed here.
💭 Say Hello: What do you want to know about your city?
✏️️ Want to write an article for us? Find out how here.
👀 Want your business featured in our newsletter? Learn more about advertising opportunities here.