Beaufort SC was in the news last week when the Reconstruction Era National Historic Park here in Beaufort SC became official on Tuesday after a Congressional lands bill was signed into law by the President.
It had been designated as a national monument and was already managed by the National Park Service but the new law established the National Historical Park.
In Beaufort, the new law also establishes a network of historic sites. The national park in Beaufort will serve as a hub for the Reconstruction Era National Historic Network, which will connect other sites around the country that are important to the period of U.S. history after the Civil War ended in 1865.
Beaufort’s importance in this era is widely known. Beaufort is home to Penn Center, which was the first school established to educate freed slaves. Beaufort is also home to the notable Robert Smalls. Smalls was the first African-American U.S. Congressman and served during the Reconstruction Era in the later 1800s.
We’re proud to have this new National Park here in Beaufort.