Dr. Tiffany Momon to Host Charleston Museum’s 250th Anniversary Lecture Series on March 30th
Dr. Tiffany Momon of The University of the South, a professor and founder and co-director of the Black Craftspeople Digital Archive, will host the next installment of the Charleston Museum’s 250th anniversary lecture series – Crafting Freedom: The Story of John “Quash” Williams, Free Man of Color and Master Carpenter in Eighteenth-Century Charleston.
This lecture takes the life of John “Quash” Williams, an enslaved and later free master carpenter living and working in eighteenth-century Charleston. The lecture will explore not only the impact of his skill on the domestic architecture of Charleston, but also his negotiations as an enslaved and then freed man of color within the mid-eighteenth century Lowcountry.
Past scholars identified Williams’s interactions with two of South Carolina Lowcountry’s most prominent families, the family of British Army Lt. Colonel George Lucas and father of Eliza Lucas Pinckney famous for her indigo experiments and the family of attorney and member of the South Carolina House of Representatives Charles Pinckney (1699-1758). This lecture builds from that foundation, identifies many new primary sources, and reveals that the Lucas and Pinckney families were only a small portion of Williams’s remarkable life.
The event will take place on Thursday, March 30th at 6 pm. The event is free, but registration is recommended; register here.
The Charleston Museum is located at 360 Meeting Street.
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