Settlement Communities Task Force

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Remnants of the area’s agricultural past still exist in plain view within and adjacent to Mount Pleasant.  Known as “Settlement Communities,” about a dozen historic African American communities have sought to hold on to their history and character in the face of Mount Pleasant’s unprecedented growth.  But now many worry that their continued existence may be in jeopardy. Throughout Mount Pleasant, development pressure has chipped away at their edges, undermining the communities’ historic character, integrity, and threatening their survival. This has long been recognized as a challenge, but no lasting solutions have been found. 

To this end, the Mount Pleasant Town Council has established a Settlement Communities Task Force to discuss issues affecting the various settlement areas within or adjacent to town boundaries. Council appointed 17 individuals from over 40 applications to serve on this Task Force at their meeting on October 12, 2020.  

The Task Force members are: 

  • Pearl Ascue
  • John Carson
  • George Freeman
  • Cheryl German
  • Jacquelyn Gore
  • Patricia Graham
  • Charlotte Jenkins
  • Lillie Johnson
  • Cassandra Johnson-Davis
  • Bernard King
  • Edward Lee
  • Theodesa Lyles
  • Laura Peirano
  • Ryan Pinckney
  • Kathy Smalls
  • Rhudine Washington
  • Kim Williams

The Settlement Communities Task Force began meeting in January, and identified a number of topics that they want to discuss.  Over the coming months, the Task Force will meet on the Second Thursday of the month at 4:00 pm at Town Hall. Specific topics of conversation will focus on:

  • 2/11 - Property Ownership - Center for Heirs Property
  • 3/11 - Property Taxes - Charleston County Assessor & Town
  • 4/8 - Public Infrastructure - Town, County, DOT
  • 5/13 - Community Investment - Center for Heirs Property, SCACED, Housing for All Mount Pleasant
  • 6/10 - Water & Sewer - MP Waterworks
  • 8/12 - Land Use and Zoning - Town & County
  • **Dates/topics subject to change. Check Town Calendar or contact Liz Boyles for more information.

Additional meetings are anticipated after this to finalize any recommendations from the Task Force.

Questions may be directed to Liz Boyles .

(Updated: April 19, 2021)