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By the Sweat of Our Brows

  • Address:
  • 1444 Brattonsville Rd, McConnells, SC 29726
  • Phone:
  • (803) 684-2327
  • about

    Historic Brattonville’s annual event “By the Sweat of Our Brows” honors the descendants of the
    plantation’s enslaved community and presents panel discussions with Black and white Bratton
    descendants continuing the conversation of their shared history and lineage. Dedicated to
    telling their authentic narrative, the descendant community has helped to organized the annual
    event since 2005. By the Sweat of Our Brows commences with the traditional ‘Calling of the
    Names’ read from Harriet Bratton’s 1865 Freedmen’s List. Throughout the day, the descendants
    greet visitors, showcase memorabilia and share stories. Around the site, period-dressed
    interpreters demonstrate what daily life was like on a cotton plantation in the 19th century
    through traditional African American cooking demonstrations, woodworking, basket weaving,
    quilting, hands-on activities, children’s games and musical performances.
    Black and white Bratton descendants from across the United States gather during By the Sweat
    of Our Brows for scheduled public discussions on how the impact of the recent discovery of
    shared DNA impacts their personal lives and collaborative projects.
    “We had been meeting for several months before we learned that my DNA matched with the
    white Brattons. We had always suspected that we were related, but had no proof until now.
    This discovery brought us even closer together as family and as descendants and I am very
    passionate about the work we are doing. The relationship we share is virtually unheard of in the
    United States.” - Dr. Lisa Bratton, a fifth-generation descendant of Green and Malinda Bratton,
    who were enslaved on the Bratton plantation.