An 87-year-old African-American woman who visited the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture got the chance to see the slave cabin she was born in decades ago, NBC 4 reports.
On Tuesday, Isabell Meggett Lucas was amazed to see the two-room wooden house where her family resided in Edisto Island, South Carolina.
“I never knew this all would come to pass,” the woman said. “Everybody is excited and happy.”
The Point of Pines Cabin was one of 10 that were built in a row along the same strip of land. It is the only remaining cabin and was originally owned by Charles Bailey. Nancy Bercaw, a curator of the museum, said Bailey acquired his wealth through slavery.
While speaking with local reporters and curators of the museum, Lucas reflected on her experiences growing up and living in the cabin. She said she, along with her nine brothers, slept in one room while her parents occupied the other room.
“When I was a child, we’d get out and play and climb trees,” Lucas said. “I remember my grandmother cooking and feeding us.”
The cabin had no electricity and the family had to fetch wood for the stove. It also did not have a bathroom, refrigerator or running water.
The Smithsonian acquired the cabin from the Edisto Island Historic Preservation Society. It was deconstructed piece by piece and reconstructed when it was moved to its current home.
Bercaw said that people like Lucas are living history.
“This is the most beautiful thing that could’ve happened — the Meggetts coming forward and visiting us and sharing these stories with us,” the curator said.