February 9 @ 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Did you know that the patterns on the corona panels comprising the exterior of the National Museum of African American History in Washington, DC were inspired by the intricate ironwork of enslaved and free African Americans in Charleston and New Orleans? Our renowned tour guide, Carol Ezell-Gilson, will discuss the impressive and historic ironworks of Charleston while leading us on an extensive 2 hour walking tour of some remaining ornamental ironworks. We’ll listen as she regales the story of Charleston’s most famous ironworker, Philip Simmons, and other earlier blacksmiths who crafted the beautiful gates and fences throughout the city. Though much early work was destroyed in raging fires and fences were donated to the Confederate cause to be melted down for cannonballs, the city of Charleston still retains a wealth of remarkable ornamental iron. Join us for this informative and enlightening historical walking tour.