Black Meetings and Tourism

Nov/Dec 2011

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SOUTHCAROLINAIS OPENFOR BUSINESS Couple on Beach Boardwalk – Charleston W hoever invented postcards must have had South Carolina in mind. From the southern charms of Charleston, to the beautiful shores of Myrtle Beach and the lush green landscape of Columbia, the Palmetto state is a photographer's paradise. But the state hasmore to offer than sheer natural beauty. Charleston is a superb blend of pristine beaches,monumen- tal battleships, wonderful golf courses and breathtaking architecture dating back three centuries, and that just begins to tell the story of this iconic Southern town. Tourists will find a treasure trove of attractions, recre- ation, history, culture and nightlife that is uniquely Charleston with all its Southern charms. Attractions include Fort Sumterwhere theCivilWar began,and the 300-year-old BooneHall Plantation. Visitors to this "working" plantation will see lush gardens, slave quarters and live performances in season plus one of the world's longest oak-lined avenues. Much of theAfrican-American experience originated on the shores of Charleston. It is estimated that 40 percent of slaves in the United States entered through Charleston. Much of the early Black experience has been preserved 84 Charleston Carriage Tour Black Meetings & Tourism November/December 2011:

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