Lecture to cover life of Lowcountry aristocrat who publicly read the Emancipation Proclamation

info@islandpacket.comDecember 10, 2013 

The Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head Island will host J. Brent Morris on the life of William Henry Brisbane, a man born into the Lowcountry aristocracy and grew to be a planter in Beaufort, at 3 p.m. Dec. 18.

Over four decades, Brisbane trod among the upper echelons of Carolina society, and whether it was from the pulpit, in the pages of his pro-slavery newspaper, or in public speeches and debates, Brisbane was one of the state's most ardent defenders of the "peculiar institution." In Beaufort County on Jan. 1, 1863, Brisbane was given the assignment of publicly reading the Emancipation Proclamation to an audience that included some men and women who had once been his slaves.

Morris is an authority on slavery and antislavery in America. He is assistant professor of history at University of South Carolina Beaufort and a fellow at the University of South Carolina Institute for African American Research.

Cost is $7. Reservations are required. The museum is at 70 Honey Horn Drive.

Details: 843-689-6767, ext. 223

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