The first Africans came to Edisto Island in about 1684 and were a key element in establishing the island’s planter class, many of whom amassed huge fortunes. Once freed, many former slaves remained on the island and continued to Edisto’s rich cultural heritage.

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  1. Kathy West says:

    I am very interested in visiting your museum. My family (mother) is from Parkers Ferry, SC. I was told that my ancestors are descendants of the Edisto Indian Tribe. We have little information regarding my grandmother Dianne Smalls belonging to Edisto Indian Tribe. I was told that she is 1/3 Edisto Indian.

    I am very interested in visiting your museum. Do you have any information regarding The Edisto Indian Tribe and any descendant of Dianna Smalls?

    Thank you,

    Kathy West
    (912) 596-1027

    • admin says:

      Unfortunately, there is very little known about the Edisto Indians, who were a part of the Cusabo tribes.By 1775, the Edisto ceased to exist as a tribe, and very little remnants of their culture remain.

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