Special Reports

Abolitionist with S.C. ties

Francis “Fanny” Kemble Butler, the granddaughter-in-law of Pierce Butler, a South Carolina delegate to the Constitutional Convention, was one of the best-read abolitionists.

In fact, some credit her with helping keep her native Great Britain on the Civil War’s sidelines with her memoir of life on a slave plantation, “Journal of a Residence on a Georgia Plantation in 1838-39.”

The plantation was in Georgia, below the Altamaha River. But the area between the Altamaha and St. Mary’s rivers long was claimed by South Carolina, even after the founding of Georgia, and land in the area was given to South Carolina aristocrats, including the Butlers, by South Carolina’s governor, setting the stage for Bulter’s memoir about the cruelty of slave life.