MOUNT PLEASANT – A group of Cario Middle School eighth graders researched and authored a new historical marker that soon will be on Shem Creek.

The marker will honor Jonathan Lucas Sr., who had a home overlooking the creek, created the first water- and tide-powered rice mills, and those inventions revolutionized the rice industry. Shem Creek was the site of the first dual rice and saw mill powered by tides back in the 1790s.

“It was a total learning experience for me and everyone else who did it,” said Hannah Massar, who helped with the program.

The town’s Historical Commission has created such markers for schools in the past, but this was the first time that it asked students to help research and craft a marker’s wording.

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