Felicia Furman


Felicia Furman produces social, cultural and historical documentaries for television and theatrical distribution.  Her production credits include:  Passing It On:  A Tap Legacy (1997 Denver International Film Festival and the 1998 Dance on Camera Festival); Classroom Boulder (CUBE, Kansas City, Missouri); and documentaries on African-influenced religious practices in Cuba for the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race in America at the University of Colorado, Boulder.  Shared History is her first documentary feature.  She is formerly the Managing Director of the Colorado Dance Festival in Boulder, Colorado.

Lillian Benson


Lillian Benson A.C.E., is the editor of Eyes on the Prize, the multi-award winning series on America’s Civil Rights struggle, which was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Videotape Editing in 1990, as well as ROOTS 25th Anniversary SpecialBuildings, Bridges and Tunnels (Discovery Channel); Motown 40th: A Retrospective (DePasse Entertainment and ABC); A Job at Ford’s, part one of the award-winning PBS series, The Great Depression, directed by Jon Else; Sing Faster—The Stagehands’ Ring Cycle, directed by Jon Else (1999 winner of the Filmmakers’ Trophy at Sundance) among many other television and film works.

Vivian Glover


Vivian Glover is a writer, novelist, teacher, and television producer.  She is a network producer for NBC News, covering stories and in-depth features for Nightly News, including specials for Tom Brokaw and the Nightly News’ Fleecing of America series, The Today Show, and MSNBC and CNBC.  She was the producer for the network’s coverage of Shannon Faulkner’s effort to enroll in The Citadel and the 1995 Susan Smith story and trial in South Carolina.  She has covered presidential campaigns, the Confederate flag controversy in South Carolina and many of NBC’s stories following September 11th, 2001.

Frost Wilkinson


Frost Wilkinson has been a professional in motion picture and video production since 1968 with credits including documentary, commercial, theatrical and corporate assignments.  International commercial clients include Air France, Royal Air Morocco, and Royal Jordanian Airlines.  Theatrical credits include Second SightStar Trek V, and a PBS special on Mozart.  Wilkinson has covered stories for NBC’s Nightly NewsThe Today ShowAmerican Justice, and America’s Most Wanted.  He is a guest lecturer in Media Studies at the University of South Carolina and a graduate of New York University.


Skip Clark


Skip Clark shoots video for documentary and broadcast producers including NBC, HBO, TLC, A&E, Discovery Channel, and Food Network.  He has worked for shows such as Beyond the Glory, Dateline NBC, ESPN’s Outside the Lines, and HBO Sports.

Charles Washington


Dr. Washington is a graduate of Fisk University and received his M.A. and Doctorate at Ohio State University.  He composes for film and television and creates concert music for chamber ensembles and solo performers.

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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.