Brooker on Moultrie's Slaves in the Bahamas

Colin Brooker's talk on "Tormenting, Dissatisfied People" held at Hilton Head Branch earlier this month was well received. Participants were particularly interested in learning what happened to the slaves of John Moultrie once they were taken from the United States. Mr. Brooker will oblige us all on March 30th. He has agreed to tell the rest of the story (as far as he knows it from his research) during "Searching The Bahamas for Gov. John Moultrie's Forgotten 'People.'" This time, Mr. Brooker will share his research findings about the enslaved people North of the Broad River at our Beaufort facility.

In 1784 John Moultrie, a South Carolinian, was Lt. Governor of East Florida. A Loyalist, he sent some 150 slaves to The Bahamas to start new plantations. These 'people' many of whom had previously worked his rice plantations along the Santee River (boundary between Charleston County and Georgetown County) soon established new plantations on New Providence and other islands in The Bahamas. These slaves pioneered the cultivation of long-staple cotton so important in the antebellum history of Beaufort District and other parts of South Carolina and Georgia.

Based on recent archaeological and architectural surveys sponsored by the National Museum of The Bahamas, this lecture describes efforts to locate Moultrie's long forgotten holdings and determine the ultimate fate of those enslaved individuals who settled them.

Please make plans to join us for this local history program, "Searching The Bahamas for Gov. Moultrie's Forgotten 'People,'" on Tues., March 30th 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm in the Paul Siegmund Room, 311 Scott Street, downtown Beaufort.

As always, BDC local history programs are free and open to anyone over age 12 interested in local history, culture, or the environment.

About the Author

Grace Cordial has been responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Beaufort District Collection at the Beaufort County Library since 1999.  The Beaufort District Collection exists to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history, culture, and environment of our part of the South Carolina lowcountry.  Besides the research room, Cordial manages the “Virtual BDC:” the BDC web pages, the Online Obituary Index, two digital collections, a new BDC.BCL Facebook page, and the Connections blog.  
Among her duties is to coordinate or present programs about local history, Gullah culture, and our coastal environment, including occasional instructional sessions about how to perform historical and/or genealogical research.