Many families of former slaves still lived in old slave housing, but the prospects of jobs, better housing, and food, were very appealing for Hobcaw’s African American communities. During the 1930s, millionaires and playboys came to the lowcountry to create hunting reserves and seasonal homes. Historian Melissa Cooper discusses the cultural, societal, and economic impacts these new landowners had on Blacks living in Hobcaw Barony.
Minnie Kennedy, a former resident of Hobcaw Barony, recalls her memories of growing up in one of the neighborhoods in Hobcaw. Michael Twitty, author of The Cooking Gene talks about how the people living in these villages came together as a whole community.