2nd annual sweetgrass harvest on Corps of Engineers tract

ST. STEPHEN, S.C. (AP) – It’s the second year sweetgrass is being harvested on a tract owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the South Carolina Lowcountry.

More than 50 people are expected to be out Thursday near St. Stephen pulling the soft grass woven into baskets by slaves and their descendants for centuries along Southeast coast.

The grass has been harder to find in recent years because of coastal development. The Corps’ Charleston District has planted more than sweetgrass 13,000 plants in tracts from the North Carolina line to Daufuskie Island.

The pulling of the grass is dedicated to the victims of last month’s Emanuel AME Church shooting in Charleston. A cross woven of grass from the tract will be presented later to the church.

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