04 July 2017

Happy Independence Day!

Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon, East Bay St., Charleston, SC   
It is tradition to read the Declaration of Independence from the Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon on July 4th and a good crowd was gathered in the heat this morning. A wreath was then carried to St. Philip's churchyard and placed on the tomb of Governor John Rutledge who first read the document to the citizens of South Carolina many years ago. The annual tradition of publicly reading the Declaration of Independence began in 2013 through the organizing efforts and planning from the Washington Light Infantry.

As I walked down I met an elderly British gentleman who was taking a break in the shade. He was on his own on his first trip to the states. I told him if he could make it as far as East Bay St. he would get to see the event. He said that was exactly where he was heading.