From Crape Myrtles To Long Houses, Charleston Is A ‘Big Barbados’
When Rhoda Green and her husband, Robert, moved from Harlem, N.Y., to Charleston, S.C., in the 1970s, the city seemed eerily familiar. They looked around and saw the same street names and architecture as the capital of their homeland, Barbados.
“I would tell Rhoda, ‘Hey look I was just in this place and all the names are the same thing. What is happening?” Robert Green says with a laugh while recalling their first few years. “We realized this place was a small Barbados, or a big Barbados I should say.”
Rhoda Green was so fascinated that she started digging deeper. As it turned out, Charleston is a “big Barbados.” In fact, there’s a unique connection between the Carolinas and Barbados that explains the similarities. continue reading…