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Recently Released Stories Preserve South Carolina History

The Liberty Trail rolls out StoryCorps interviews

Jennifer Howard, (843) 709-4192

(Columbia, S.C.) –  The Liberty Trail today released seven inspiring conversations with people who care deeply about history, preservation and education, bringing history to life and honoring the impacts of those who have come before us as we approach our country’s 250th anniversary.  The recordings are permanently housed in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.  

“In this StoryCorps series, we captured reflections from a diversity of South Carolinians and individuals from across the US,” commented Rick Wise, interim executive director, South Carolina Battleground Preservation Trust. “Their accounts of these individuals in the Revolutionary War and their influence on our current lives helps to build connections to this important part of our past.”   

Interviews feature conversations between Dr. Tonya Matthews, CEO of the International African American Museum and author John Rees; Raleigh West, Executive Director of the South Carolina Conservation Bank along with Lowcountry conservationist, Charles Lane; historian Brooke Bauer and her cousin, spiritual leader William “Monty” Branham; archaeology colleagues Steve Smith and John Allison; Governor Henry McMaster and former State Senator Vincent Sheheen, the late Doug Bostick of the  South Carolina Battleground Trust and Catherine Noyes of the American Battleground Trust; and historian, author, and radio host Walter Edgar and the late Doug Bostick of the South Carolina Battleground, and can be accessed via The Liberty Trail website and American Battlefield Trust’s YouTube channel.  

“The Liberty Trail offers us the unique opportunity to bring history to life through multiple means, all in concert. Land preservation, traditional interpretation, digital experiences, and powerful storytelling all work together to enrich our understanding of the past,” commented David Duncan, president, American Battlefield Trust. 

The Liberty Trail is a partnership of the South Carolina Battleground Trust and the American Battlefield Trust.  


About The Liberty Trail 
The Liberty Trail—developed through a partnership between the American Battlefield Trust and the South Carolina Battleground Trust—connects battlefields across South Carolina and tells the captivating and inspiring stories of this transformative chapter of American history. For more information on The Liberty Trail, visit