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Artifacts excavated from land occupied by freed persons at Stono Plantation.

The imperfect shape of this hand-forged cowbell gave an easily identifiable, albeit less clean, ring. The claw hammer would have been used to pound or extract metal nails and wooden pegs. The two-legged compass, or divider, was used to make small-distance measurements and useful for carpentry work, fence repairs and the like.

Stono Plantation was located on James Island, near Charleston, South Carolina

From the collections of the Charleston Museum