Eliza Lucas Pinckney
March 25 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
In 1739, Eliza Lucas Pinckney came to South Carolina with her family and began to experiment with indigo on her father’s plantation on Wapoo Creek. She succeeded in growing indigo and producing a rich, blue dye from the leaves, thus bringing a profitable new cash crop to Carolina planters.
While her accomplishments were rare for a young lady of the 18th century, they were not outside the scope of what was expected of a woman at that time. This biography, drawn from her surviving letters and other sources, chronicles Eliza Pinckney’s life and explores the 18th century world she inhabited.
Signed copies of Eliza Lucas Pinckney: Colonial Plantation Manager and Mother of American Patriots, 1722–1793 will be offered for sale after the program.