More than 50 community members gathered under the Angel Oak on Thursday, December 19 to celebrate the preservation of 17 acres adjacent to the majestic tree. Students from several local schools came to offer their support, as well as Principal Benintendo of Haut Gap Middle School. Mayor Riley, Marvin Devant of the South Carolina Conservation Bank, Louise Maybank of the Greenbelt Advisory Board and Elizabeth Hagood & Rutledge Young Jr. of Lowcountry Open Land Trust spoke to attendees about the outpouring of public support for this local landmark. Samantha Siegel and Lorna Hattler of Save the Angel Oak and Queen Quet of the Gullah/Geechee Nation were also in attendance. We thank everyone for their support, and look forward to welcoming generations to come to the Angel Oak!
If you didn’t make it to the Celebration, check out Live 5 News’s video from the event.