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Free & Equal

The Promise of Reconstruction in America

Explore the origins of freedom for all Americans through this online educational project and an AR-enhanced mobile tour app.

Key figures Harriet Tubman, Robert Smalls, Susie King Taylor, Laura Towne, Charlotte Forten, and Isaiah Brown posed with Brick Baptist Church and the Beaufort Arsenal, two important sites within our story of the Sea Islands.


Visit Beaufort County, South Carolina, home of the Reconstruction Era National Historical Park. Here you can experience the Free & Equal mobile tour app as you explore the places where the Rehearsal for Reconstruction occurred.


Explore this online resource telling the story of how freedom and equality took hold in the Sea Islands, years before the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation and the end of the Civil War.


The project was produced by Night Kitchen Interactive under the direction of the University of South Carolina Center for Innovation and Inclusion in Higher Education with support of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant.