Monday, July 5, 2010


Welcome to the Southern African American Heritage Center blog. The Heritage Center is dedicated to promoting, preserving and documenting African American history in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.

We are open on Tuesday and Thursday, 1-4PM, sometimes on Saturday and for town festivals. You may also call to schedule an appointment.

Admission is $7.00 for Adults and $5.00 for Children (6-18)

Group tours are available for your civic group, retirement center, youth group, church group, school group, etc.

We are extremely excited about our wonderful gift shop. We have unique items such as African cowrie shell jewelry, African shakers and rattles made by artisans of Ghana, gourmet food such as Benne Wafers and other cookies by Olde Colony Bakery. The Benne (sesame seed) was brought to South Carolina by slaves from West Africa who traditionally cooked with this seed. The Benne Wafer recipe dates to Colonial years. We also offer Carolina Plantation rice and grits It continues to be used in cooking in the Lowcountry today. We offer folktoys to introduce the youth to toys often played with during the early and mid 1900s. You may also want to check out our cotton wreaths and angels and many more trinkets to choose from.

African Americans of Chesterfield County by Felicia Flemming-McCall is also sold in the gift shop.

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