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The Edisto Island Society raised $40,000 to clear the brush away from the cabins and install diagonal beams to stabilize the building. Unfortunately, they lacked funds to move the cabin to a safe location. It was then that the Smithsonian reached out to assist. The cabin will be a part of an exhibit at the $500 million dollar museum called Slavery and Freedom.

As the project went underway by Museum Resources, Inc., a preservation company, workers found that the walls of the cabin were stuffed with newspaper for insulation. The color of the doors and windows were light blue, a color that slaves of the island believed would keep evil spirits away.

(Photo: AP)

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