Smithsonian to preserve Edisto slave cabin

Photo courtesy: The Smithsonain

EDISTO ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - A slave cabin on Edisto Island is going to be preserved by the Smithsonian Institution.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported the two-room, wooden building is being dismantled and will be taken to Washington, D.C., where it will be placed in the new National Museum of African American History and Culture.

It is similar to dozens of cabins at the Point of Pines plantation.

The Edisto Island Historic Preservation Society had planned to relocate and restore the cabin but could not find enough money for the project.

Society director Gretchen Smith says she's sorry the island is losing part of its history but is glad the nation can benefit from it.

The cabin will be included with Harriet Tubman's shawl, Nat Turner's Bible and other artifacts.