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Charleston Hanging Tree

Damon L. Fordham teaches African American history at various colleges in the Charleston area. The above story is referenced in his book “True Stories of Black South Carolina,” and he may be reached at [email protected] for speaking engagements.


  1. Christine White on May 3, 2018 at 11:16 am

    Mr.Fordham , I just saw your piece on the hanging tree in Charleston S.C my name is CHRISTINE WHITE and I was born and raise in a community by the name of Union Heights and I could rember when I was a child my father took my sisters , and I to visit the tree and he told us the history about the tree and that story stayed in my mind until this present day may 3 2018 I’am married and I lived in the state of Virginia but my family and I visit often my Aunty and Uncle lived on fish burn street and from her house we could see that tree I have a lot information about the past that I hope to share with you on the HANGING TREE in CHRLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA my beloved home . Sincelary Christine Heyward White

  2. Edward Leonard on November 27, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    Mr Fordham my name is Edward Leonard. In 1968 I was stationed at Charleston Air Force Base. One day a member of the Air Force took me to downtown Charleston because he had something important to show me. He took me into a residential street in what looked like a nice area. In the middle of the street was a very large tree with many branches. The tree was maybe 5 to 8 feet in diameter. The street split around the tree on the left and on the right. On one of tge lower branches, he showed me a wear mark that resembled a rope burn. He told me that was where they used to hang black people. I went back to that street years later and there was just a small sprig growing from the ground. The reason that i am writing this is that I happen to be in Charleston and my grand-daughter wanted a picture of the tree. So I googled Hanging Tree downtown Charleston, and saw your article. I will never forget the rope burns on that limb. Thank you for teaching others about this history. God bless you Sir. Good night.

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