The sheriff maintains that he is doing this to keep the community safe from the “worst of the worst” undocumented criminals. A small and growing number of community residents see it differently — and they will not be silenced.
Hilton Head, South Carolina has earned a worldwide reputation for its top flight golf courses and as a paradise for spectacular beaches. Yet, this community, commonly referred to as the Low Country, has a history that goes back to the Civil War period. Hilton Head Island became the Union’s southern headquarters during the war, and a military supply depot as well. Former slaves took refuge inside Union Camps here, and in late 1862 Union forces established the town of Mitchelville as a refuge for them. By November 1865 they numbered 1500 souls.