as shared by SABRINA HYMAN
On July 4, 1965 my uncle was arrested amongst what is known as the “Edisto 13” for “trespassing” which really meant being black and having the audacity to come on our pure white beach. This case was later part of the catalyst that lead Judge Perry and “other South Carolina civil rights attorneys to file a lawsuit against the state forestry department, securing an injunction that forced the state’s parks to reopen and accept desegregation.” Before this lawsuit SC public chose to close entirely instead of accept desegregation. So at the time of the arrest the park was technically “closed” but that was a selective rule.
When I was little we always went to Edisto Beach and I didn’t understand because I lived 10mins from Folly Beach. I get it now. When my unc got a chance he bought a plot of land on Edisto so nobody could ever tell his family where they can and can’t be on that beach. Better ask Burke class of 63’ bout “Blinky” always been a real one. I love you forever unc, rest easy.