Welcome to "The Second Founding of America," an initiative of Reconstruction Beaufort, Inc., both of which seek to carry out the intent of President Obama's Proclamation of 2017 creating the Reconstruction Era National Monument. By Congressional action this year, this project will become a National Historical Park.
This is an enormous achievement for our State, Region and Nation, starting 18 years ago with the Secretary of the Interior, major national scholars and local organizations seeking to learn and teach the long untold and mistold
period of American history that brought us the Emancipation Proclamation, the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments to the U. S. Constitution.
The power of this national and local collaboration has moved research and conversation about the era, inspiring new and exciting interpretations of events, places and people that are embedded in this colorful and dramatic history of our nation.
Through our impressive National Advisory Board built over the past year, we offer support to the National Park Service and fuel our local Reconstruction Beaufort initiative, which includes every Reconstruction era organization in the region. We are working with our collaborators to create a national repository of narratives both digitally and in a national museum. You can view their particular missions and projects by visiting their web sites provided below.
Reconstruction Era National Monument (National Historical Park)
Current and Future Collaborating Organizations
Beaufort History Museum
Baptist Church of Beaufort
Brick Baptist Church
Center for Study of Slavery, The College of Charleston
City Of Beaufort
Coastal Community Foundation
Coastal Discovery Museum
Community Foundation of the Lowcountry
Reconstruction Beaufort Childrens Choir (Link TBA)
Please click on a logo below to find out more information on any of our collaborators.