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A Personal Story of Slavery & Civil War in SC

November 11, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site is pleased to welcome Dr. Walter Curry as he presents the life of his ancestor, Lavinia Thompson, on Saturday, November 11th at 10am.

Lavinia Thompson was born enslaved on June 3rd, 1844 in Aiken County, and this presentation tells her personal story of slavery and survival during the Civil War. Lavinia followed her master into battle in the Civil War, serving the Confederate Army as a cook. Six decades later, she would be among about 100 black South Carolinians who received small pensions for their involuntary service to the Confederate cause.

Dr. Walter B. Curry, Jr., a native of Orangeburg, SC, received a bachelor’s degree in political science from South Carolina State University, and has earned graduate degrees in education, which includes a doctorate degree in Curriculum & Instruction. In 2018, Dr. Curry launched Renaissance Publications, LLC, a self-publishing company that publishes books that focus on African American history through ancestry. Dr. Curry’s books are available for purchase in the Redcliffe Visitor Center as well as online at

This program is sponsored by South Carolina Humanities, a not-for-profit organization – inspiring, engaging and enriching South Carolinians with programs on literature, history, culture and heritage.

Free program, online registration is required to secure your spot.


November 11, 2023
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site
181 Redcliffe Rd
Beech Island, SC 29842 United States
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