NMAAHC Receives Piece of Sea Island History With Slave Cabin Acquisition
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.
Paul Grimball was the first English settler, arriving on Edisto in 1683. The tabby ruins of the Grimball House are still in existence.
A Spanish Catholic mission was established to convert the Edisto Indians in 1569, but was abandoned in defeat in 1570.