Lavinia C. Thompson: The Personal Story of Slavery and Civil War in South Carolina

At Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site


Join Dr. Walter Curry to explore the life of his ancestor Lavinia Thompson. Lavinia was born enslaved on June 3rd, 1844 in Aiken County, and this presentation tells her personal story of slavery and survival during the Civil War. Lavinia followed her master into battle in the Civil War, serving 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. Dr. Walter B. Curry, Jr., is a native of Orangeburg, South Carolina. Dr. Curry received a bachelor’s degree in political science from South Carolina State University, and has earned graduate degrees in education, which includes a doctorate degree in Curriculum & Instruction. In 2018, Dr. Curry launched Renaissance Publications, LLC., a self-publishing company, which publishes books that focuses on African American history through ancestry. Dr. Curry has published two award winning books, The Thompson Family: Untold Stories from the Past (1830-1960), and The Awakening: The Seawright-Ellison Family Saga, Vol.1, A Narrative History. His books are available for purchase in the Redcliffe Visitor Center as well as online at This program is sponsored by South Carolina Humanities, a not-for-profit organization; inspiring, engaging and enriching South Carolinians with programs on literature, history, culture and heritage.


  • November 11, 2023, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Every Day
  • Registration Deadline

    Thursday, November 9

    Event Hours


    Meeting Place

    Visitor Center

    Backroads Location


    What to Bring

    Water, dress for the weather, good walking shoes.


    Free, registration required