"This is a Letter that I am Sending to the Governor of SC. Please copy and send your own version to him, the Mayor of Charleston, your local and State Representatives or Anyone that can Help!
Governor McMaster, I would like to request your help in preserving a huge 16 plus foot in circumference Historic Tree and African American Graves located on Clements Ferry Rd in Berkley County.
This property is some of the highest ground in the Charleston area and has been an important part of life throughout History and Pre-History.
Decedents of Slaves sat under this tree as their Ancestors did in Africa. This Crossroad at the corner of Clements Ferry Road and Cainhoy road was the center of the Wando Cainhoy Community and has been a significate part of the History of the area. The Wando River was the main access to the Cainhoy, Wando Huger area and this property was the crossroad where everything and everyone passed throw to get back and forth to Charleston...cont."
" ...This tree was an important part of African American history in Cainhoy and truly should be preserved.
Francis Marion camped on this property and may have sat under this very tree. We have found several belt buckles and bullets from the Revolutionary War on this property and we are hoping to get the chance to do some more investigation if we can prevent this historic site from being destroyed.
This property also has a Wando native American Village on it, we have found hundreds of pounds of pottery and very many arrow heads and other artifacts. They were manufacturing pottery on this property.
Widening the road will also disturb at least one African American grave. It was an Tragedy many years ago when the family was forced to bury their deceased family members outside the graveyard near the road but to be dug up now is adding insult to injury to put it mildly.
There are no property owners that would be affected if the road was widened to the other side, the road would be straighter, safer and the Taxpayers of SC would save probably much more than $ 700,000.00.
Please Help! - John S Sanders "