A FILM AND FAMILY HISTORY PROJECT

About the Film


Shared History is the story of descendants of slaves and slave owners who begin to explore their centuries-aold connection at Woodlands Plantation.

Woodlands Families


Twenty-two families trace a connection to the plantation. Some left after the Civil War; many stayed and maintain a relationship with the descendants of the slave owners.

Coming to the Table


Coming to the Table provides leadership, resources, and a supportive environment for all who wish to acknowledge and heal from wounds that are rooted in the United States’ history of slavery.

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The Curry Family

Mrs. Oliphant identifies Cynthia Curry as the head cook at Woodlands. Cynthia, Albert, and Billy Curry are listed in the group of 47 freedmen identified by James Beecher as remaining at Woodlands after Sherman’s destruction of Midway. Beecher named Billy Curry foreman of the group who had planted a corn crop on the property, presumably after the Simms family moved to Columbia.

Cinthia and Albert are listed in the section of the Woodlands Plantation Book entitled “Births of Negroes” as being the parents of Sam, born 1862, Eugene, born 1856, and Alice, born 1859. Martha, born 1861, is listed as a “child of Cinthia.” Apparently, Albert Curry, the father or brother of Billy, stayed at Woodlands at least until 1868.