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Gov. McMaster Joins Nonprofits to Announce Major Tourism and Preservation Initiatives in Advance of Revolutionary War 250th Anniversary

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Jennifer Howard, 843-709-4192, Steward Terra Communications

October 25, 2019

(Columbia, S.C.) — On Tuesday, October 29, Governor Henry McMaster will welcome representatives of the American Battlefield Trust, the South Carolina Battleground Preservation Trust and the National Park Service, as well as community leaders and historic site managers to share exciting plans for how the state will promote South Carolina’s pivotal role in the birth of this nation during the American Revolution.

The American Battlefield Trust and the South Carolina Battleground Preservation Trust will formally launch the Liberty Trail, a statewide initiative to preserve, interpret and promote important battlefields in the Palmetto State. In addition to detailing the parks to be created through this effort and describing the renewed emphasis to be placed on interpretation, they will also highlight the kinds of partnerships integral to its success. Moreover, representatives from the National Park Service will discuss how it plans to emphasize the importance of the conflict’s Southern Campaigns during the commemoration. Finally, the occasion will include the official announcement of the 14 members of the South Carolina Revolutionary War Sestercentennial Commission, the state body charged with promoting South Carolina history, as well as encouraging and coordinating local events related to the 250th anniversary of American independence.

Refreshments will be provided following the event at the Lace House. Limited street parking is available in the vicinity of the Governor’s Mansion Complex. Additional parking is available in a garage located at 1100 Richland Street, near the corner of Richland and Assembly Streets. Please note that this is a cash-only facility.

WHAT: Official launch of the Liberty Trail, a new network of preserved and interpreted Revolutionary War battlefield parks in South Carolina; Announcement of the members of the South Carolina Revolutionary War Sestercentennial Commission

WHO: Governor Henry McMaster; officials representing the American Battlefield Trust, National Park Service and South Carolina Battleground Preservation Trust; state and local elected officials; regional preservation advocates

WHEN: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: The Mansion Mall on the Governor’s Mansion Complex, Columbia, S.C.

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About the American Battlefield Trust

The American Battlefield Trust is dedicated to preserving America’s hallowed battlegrounds and educating the public about what happened there and why it matters today. The nonprofit, nonpartisan organization has protected more than 50,000 acres associated with the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and Civil War. Learn more at www.battlefields.org.

About the South Carolina Battleground Preservation Trust

The South Carolina Battleground Preservation Trust (SCBPT) is a nonprofit established in 1991 and dedicated to the preservation of South Carolina’s historic battlegrounds and military sites. SCBPT preserves South Carolina's military heritage employing a variety of tools from conservation easements and land acquisitions to high-tech ground-based laser scanning surveys and public interpretation. For more information, visit www.scbattlegroundtrust.org.