SC slave cabin dismantled for Smithsonian display

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Associated Press

Posted on May 16, 2013 at 4:34 AM

Updated Thursday, May 16 at 6:33 AM

EDISTO ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — A slave cabin dating to the 1850s on the South Carolina coast will help millions of Americans get a better understanding of slavery.

Workers this week carefully dismantled the cabin at Point of Pines Plantation on Edisto Island.

It's being shipped north where it will go on display at the $500 million Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, which will be opening on the National Mall in Washington in two years.

Museum director Lonnie Bunch says the cabin will help humanize the story of slavery which, in the end, is a one of men, women and children.

The cabin was originally donated to the Edisto Island Museum.

Museum Director Gretchen Smith says thousands might have seen it at Edisto but millions will see it at the Smithsonian.

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