"The Hanging of Thomas Jeremiah: A Forgotten Tale of Charles Town in the American Revolution
Mon., Feb. 17, 7 p.m. 2014
Dr. J. William Harris of the University of New Hampshire will lecture on the forgotten tale of Thomas Jeremiah, who was one of fewer than 500 "Free Negros" in South Carolina and, with an estimated worth of £1,000 about $200,000 in today’s dollars), possibly the richest person of African descent in British North America. Although a slaveowner himself, Jeremiah was accused by whites of sowing insurrection among slaves at the behest of the British. Chief among the accusers was Henry Laurens, who would later become the president of the Continental Congress. On the other side was Lord William Campbell, royal governor of the colony, who passionately believed that the accusation was unjust and tried to save Jeremiah's life.