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Williamsburg County Courthouse, SC: Monuments to Change

I took these pictures and wrote this post last summer, but was never satisfied with my text. Tonight, as a curfew has been imposed by our county and there is unrest all around us, it seems appropriate to remember these leaders.

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The Williamsburg County Courthouse in Kingstree, SC was built on a Revolutionary War era parade ground. In addition to the courthouse, which was built in 1823, and various war memorials, there are monuments commemorating Justice Thurgood Marshall and Dr. Martin Luther King.

Williamsburg County Courthouse Memorials
Williamsburg County Courthouse Memorials

A civil rights attorney, Thurgood Marshall succeeded in having the US Supreme Court declare segregated public schools unconstitutional in Brown v. Board of Education (1954) and in 1967 became the first black Justice on that Court.

“I did the best I could with what I had.”

Williamsburg County Courthouse Memorial: Justice Thurgood Marshall
Williamsburg County Courthouse Memorial: Justice Thurgood Marshall

Dr. Martin Luther King spoke locally on Mother’s Day, 1966, advocating the power of voting.

Williamsburg County Courthouse Memorial: Dr. Martin Luther King
Williamsburg County Courthouse Memorial: Dr. Martin Luther King

“Unless we learn to live together as brothers
Surely we will die apart as fools.”

Magnolia Plantation House, River Side

A few days after I posted Magnolia Plantation Cupola, River Side I was in the same place with a similar sky and a shorter lens on my camera.

Magnolia Plantation House, River Side
Magnolia Plantation House, River Side

Without much contrasting color to break up all that green I processed these images with a vintage photo look.

Magnolia Plantation House, River Side
Magnolia Plantation House, River Side

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC

For a view of the other side of the house see my post from November 2019: Magnolia Plantation, the House

Magnolia Plantation Cupola, River Side

At one time a wide lawn leading up to the Ashley River side of Magnolia Plantation would have been the welcome to visitors who had journeyed via boat from Charleston. Now that expanse has narrowed with trees and there is no clear view of the whole house from the river bank.

Magnolia Plantation House Weather Vane
Magnolia Plantation House Weather Vane

I was ready for wildlife photography with my 100-400 MM lens attached, but the impending storm made a cool sky so I took some images between the trees at 100 MM.

Magnolia Plantation House Weather Vane
Magnolia Plantation House Cupola and Weather Vane

If you are zooming in to see the weather vane details you’ll see spots. At first I thought my lens might be dirty but after comparing the images I’m pretty sure those are rain drops.

Magnolia Plantation House Weather Vane
Magnolia Plantation House Cupola and Weather Vane

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC

For a view from the other side see my post from November 2019: Magnolia Plantation, the House

Triplet Windows, From the Inside

Almost two years ago I posted photographs of these windows from the outside in Triplet Windows.

A couple weeks ago when passing by on my way to the nature trail the back door was open. I stepped in and got the answer to my question about their position: they are centered over the kitchen sink.

Boynton House, Kitchen Looking Out
Boynton House, Kitchen Looking Out

Those with kitchen duty had a lovely view into a pine forest.

Boynton House, Kitchen Looking Out
Boynton House, Kitchen Looking Out

The house, well on its way to ruin, was once the hub of a thriving cattle farm. The property is maintained by the SC Department of Natural Resources; periodically they trim back overgrowing vegetation, which may help it last a few more years.

Boynton House
Boynton House

Purple Flower

These delicate purple flowers were blooming under a tree along a path to a nature trail. There is an abandoned house nearby so these could be a remnant of long ago garden.

Purple Flower
Purple Flower

The sun was just coming onto this patch and the blooms were in various stages of opening.

Purple Flower
Purple Flower

This one had spread a dusting of pollen.

Purple Flower
Purple Flower

Here’s a wider view with more of the foliage.

Purple Flower
Purple Flower