Every Picture Tells a Story ... Don't It:" Brookgreen Gardens, Part II | Eastern North Carolina Now

The canals that flooded the rice fields, as well as the dense vegetation that sunk deep roots in this swampy soil, was cleared by hand, by African slaves.

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    Publisher's Note: This pictorial of Brookgreen Gardens and the surrounding area is a continuation of Every Picture Tells a Story ... Don't It:" Brookgreen Gardens, Part I, which was shot on April 13, 2011.

    When we left the first installment of the pictorial on our treatment of Brookgreen Gardens, we examined the lowlands that made the rice plantation where so many slaves worked from dawn to dusk. The canals that flooded the rice fields, as well as the dense vegetation that sunk deep roots into this swampy soil, was cleared by hand by African slaves.

    Here along the Lowcountry Trail that bissects the high ground, there is a Landing to accommodate the visitors that participate in the Creek Cruises that traverse the land between the rice fields and the Waccamaw River.

    Above, we see the onset of four sculptures coupled with an audio, self-guided tour along the Lowcountry Trail that depicts the life on the plantation that was the Planter's economy. These four laser-cut stainless steel figures, by Sculptor Babette Bloch, were completed in 2006. The first sculpture is The Planter: Above. The second sculpture is The Overseer: Below.      images by Stan Deatherage

    Along the lower reaches of the Lowcountry Trail, we see the former rice field inundated by overflow from the Waccamaw River: Above. The third sculpture is of the poor mother slave: Below.      images by Stan Deatherage

    As the four "plantation" sculptures end with the one that was identified as "Congo Jim" in the audio tour, above, this sculpture of wolves with pups begins the Lowcountry Zoo: Below.      images by Stan Deatherage

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