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Hagood family slave descendants reunite at mill

PICKENS — The Hagood Mill was the site of a family reunion Saturday, welcoming descendants of the enslaved people of the Twelve Mile plantation.

The group included descendants of Berry and Caroline McKenzie, slaves once owned by Col. Benjamin Hagood, as well as descendants of Hagood himself.

McKenzie family descendant Aaron Mair organized the event with the assistance of the Pickens County Historical Society and the Hagood Mill Foundation.

“This is one of those special opportunities and occasions,” Mair said. “Today is a solemn day of memory, but it’s also a day of joy and hope and community.”

Very few African-Americans descended from transatlantic slavery are able to find the plantational spaces their

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