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Lowcountry Race Tries to Foster Health and History

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -

Folks in the lowcountry were getting healthy and getting a little history as well Saturday morning at the first-ever "Mitchelville Freedom Park 5k" race.

Neighbors on Hilton Head were pounding the pavement and running through a very historic piece of our area. Mitchelville Freedom Park is a project spotlighting the importance of the Mitchelville settlement which was the first self-governing freed-slave community in the country and organizers say this run was less about raising money and more about raising awareness in the community.

"Money's always important, but we are just trying to get people to come down to the park so they know where the park is. A lot of people in our area are not sure where the park is, they think it's the Mitchelville Beach, and it's really the Fish Haul Creek Park which is the future home of the Mitchelville Preservation Project," said Joyce Wright.

"We're trying to raise awareness of this story and for this area, so when people come out here and are able to hear the story and then run through the very park they are hearing the story of, its really neat that you can make that connection.and its eye-opening, it really is. So I think that story will be passed from person to person and will bring even more people out then came out this year," said Paul Boes.

For More info on Mitchelville, log onto http://www.mitchelvillepreservationproject.com/

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