Carolina Day commemorates historic victory
Friday, June 28 is Carolina Day. The celebration will get underway at St. Michael’s Church with a church service, followed at 11 a.m. by a procession from Washington Park to White Point Gardens. At 11:30 a.m. there will be a wreath-laying ceremony at Jasper Monument in White Point Gardens with featured speaker Michael Kogan, Ph.D.
Coordinated by The Palmetto Society and The South Carolina Historical Society, Carolina Day commemorates the Battle of Sullivan’s Island on June 28, 1776, where Col. William Moultrie and a small force of Carolinians resisted a charge by British naval and military forces to seize Charles Town. This was the first victory in the Revolutionary War for the Americans against the British Army and Royal Navy and it energized patriotism in the colonies. The first Carolina Day was celebrated in 1777, and the Palmetto Society and the South Carolina Historical Society continue the commemoration today.
The procession will begin at 11:00 a.m. from Washington Park (on the corner of Meeting and Broad streets) and proceed down Meeting Street to the Fort Jasper Monument in White Point Gardens on South Battery Street. The Washington Light Infantry, Waccamaw Light Artillery and the Charleston Community Band will participate in the day’s events.
This year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Michael S. Kogan. Dr. Kogan is a professor at Montclair State University, where he served for 24 years as chairman of the Department of Philosophy and Religion. He is the author of the book “Opening the Covenant: A Jewish Theology of Christianity,” published by Oxford University Press. His family roots go back in Charleston to the mid-eighteenth century, and he serves on the boards of directors of the Spoleto Festival USA and the Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina.
Currently in its 158th year of collecting, preserving, and publishing the history of the Palmetto State, the South Carolina Historical Society, headquartered at the Robert Mills Fireproof Building in Charleston, is the state’s oldest historical society and one of its largest private manuscript archives. Since its founding in 1855, the society has been the guardian of South Carolina’s written past, and without its safekeeping, countless vital historic documents would have been lost. The Historical Society’s manuscript collection, which grows constantly with the addition of materials from 200 years ago to two weeks ago, has shaped the work of thousands of authors interested in South Carolina history. The society’s research library serves thousands of patrons annually.
For additional information or membership information, please contact the South Carolina Historical Society at 843-723-3225 ext. 11.