Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation Presents 5th Annual “Unique Lowcountry Outing and Feast”

Charleston – Nov. 23, 2019: Join the Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation for its 5th annual “Unique Lowcountry Outing and Feast” at beautiful McLeod Plantation on James Island, SC (325 Country Club Drive), on Saturday, November 23 rd from Noon until 5:00 p.m. Enjoy Fun, food and fine company! Featuring live music from Graham Whorley as well as a homemade BBQ feast by Richard Habersham. Historic tours of the plantation are also available.

Heather Hodges, Executive Director of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission is the featured guest speaker. She will talk about the work of the Commission and their mission of preserving and celebrating the important contributions made to American culture and history by the Gullah Geechee.

You can support the important work of the Center for Heirs’ Property by purchasing tickets or becoming a sponsor of this signature event. Tickets can be purchased directly via the Center’s website at: https://www.heirsproperty.org/event/2018-unique-lowcountry-outing-and-feast/.

The Center is a non-profit organization that protects heirs’ property and promotes the sustainable use of land to provide increased income to historically under-served landowners. Its services include: legal and forestry education, direct legal services to resolve heirs’ property title issues, forestry land management services, technical assistance and connection to programs and financial assistance to make family land more profitable.

The Center currently serves 15 counties: Allendale, Bamberg, Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Clarendon, Colleton, Dorchester, Hampton, Georgetown, Jasper, Orangeburg, Sumter and Williamsburg, and welcomes the opportunity to conduct community presentations, education seminars and free, Wills Clinics in your community.

To schedule an outreach event or if you need help with heirs’ property or with forestland management, call the Center at: (843) 745-7055.

What is heirs’ property?
In South Carolina, heirs’ property is mostly rural land owned by African-American families following emancipation. Much of this land was passed down through the generations without a Will, so it is owned “in common” by multiple family members. Land owned in this way is easily lost through forced sales in the courts.

For more, go to: www.heirsproperty.org and take a look at our video at: http://mrbf.org/storybank/value-land

The Center for Heirs' Property Preservation has been protecting heirs’ property through legal education and direct legal services since 2005. In 2013, the Center began promoting the sustainable use of land through forestry education and services to provide increased economic benefit to low-wealth family land owners. The Center provides legal services and forestry services in Allendale, Bamberg, Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Clarendon, Colleton, Dorchester, Hampton, Georgetown, Jasper, Orangeburg, Sumter and Williamsburg counties.

To date, the Center has provided 2,185 persons with free, one-hour “Advice and Counsel” (A&C) with 523 clients receiving direct legal services to clear title. A total of 875 simple wills have been drafted at free, community Wills Clinics; more than 451 families (who collectively own in excess of 30,000 acres) have benefited from various levels of education and expert resources to develop and implement sustainable forestry management plans, and 230 titles have been cleared on family land with a total tax-assessed value of $13.4 million. For more on the Center, go to: www.heirsproperty.org .