These pictures were taken in the late 1970’s.
A collection of hundreds of antebellum letters recently acquired by the South Caroliniana Library at the University of South Carolina centers on the lives of the women of the Hext Family, natives of Barnwell County, South Carolina. Five sisters, Julia (b. 1816), Addy (b. 1818), Lizzy (b. 1824), Mag (b. 1827), and Selena or “Leany” … [Read more…]
Today in 1893, blues singer and vaudeville performer Coot Grant was born Leola Pettigrew in Birmingham, Alabama. “Coot” was short for “Cutie”, Grant’s childhood nickname. By the age of eight, she was performing in vaudeville shows in Atlanta and, by twenty, she had traveled South Africa and Europe with Mayme Remington’s Pickaninnies, one of several … [Read more…]