America Monday: South Carolina’s Angel Oak

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This massive oak tree outside of Charleston produces enough shade to cover 17,200 square feet, and is one of the oldest living things east of the Mississippi. According to local folklore, the ghosts of former slaves sometimes appear as angels around the tree…although its name really comes from the original estate owners, Justis and Martha Angel.

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