JUALYNNE E. DODSON


Professor of Sociology, African American & African Graduate Studies at Michigan State University and Director of the African Atlantic Research Team (AART).

BENJAMIN BERNARD DUNLAP


President of Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where he serves as the Chapman Professor of Humanitites.

WALTER B. EDGAR


Director of the Institute for Southern Studies, the Claude Henry Neuffer Professor of Southern Studies at the University of South Carolina and the author of South Carolina, A History and the South Carolina Encyclopedia.

KAREN E. FIELDS


Independent scholar, writer, and filmmaker and founding director of the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African American Studies at the University of Rochester.

JOHN C. GUILDS


Professor Emeritus, University of Arkansas where he was the  Distinguished Professor of Humanitites in the Department of English.  He is the biographer of William Gilmore Simms and author of Simms:  A Literary Life.

CHARLES JOYNER


The Burroughs Distinguished Professor of Southern History and Culture at Coastal Carolina University and author of the seminal book, Down by the Riverside:  A South Carolina Slave Community and Shared Traditions:  Southern History and Folk Culture.

FRANK MARTIN


Writer, cultural critic, and art historian who teaches the history of art at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg and at several University of South Carolina satellite campuses.

Woodlands Plantation, 1952
The plantation originally contained over 4,000 acres; it now comprises about 2,000 acres and is owned by descendants of William Gilmore Simms.

Charles Orr, Rhonda Kearse, & Felicia Furman
(from left to right)

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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.