In 2001, descendants of William Gilmore Simms created the Woodlands Families Scholarship Fund to provide assistance for college tuition to the descendants of the enslaved people of Woodlands Plantation.

Since then, seven students have received a scholarship. For information about the scholarship and its requirements contact:

Central Carolina Community Foundation
2711 Middleburg Drive, Suite 213
Columbia, SC 29204
803.254.5601

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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.