Historical marker on Sullivan's Island

Erected in 1999 in the visitors parking lot of Fort Moultrie, this historical marker acknowledges Sullivan’s Island as the arrival point for tens of thousands of Africans torn from their homes in West Africa and sold into slavery between 1700 and 1775. About 40 percent of African-Americans alive today can trace their ancestral roots to West Africa through the Sullivan’s Island/Charleston gateway.  In 2008 Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winning author Toni Morrison dedicated a bench located behind the Fort Moultrie Visitor Center in memory of the people who were once enslaved here.