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Dec 14, 2023

Lavinia C Thompson: The Personal Story of Slavery and Civil War In South Carolina (Webinar)

Picture entitled Contrabands at headquarters of General Lafayette (Library of Congress)

Dr. Walter Curry led a riveting webinar that told the story of Lavinia C. Thompson’s slavery and her survival during the Civil War.

Born enslaved on 3 June 1844 in Aiken County, South Carolina, Lavinia followed her enslaver into battle during the Civil War. She served the Confederate army as a cook. Six decades later, she would be among about 100 black South Carolinians who received small pensions for their involuntary service to the Confederate cause.