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|Abstract||Collection includes plantation journal, dated 1848 and 1853-1859, of Ben Sparkman, a white man, who owned or managed at least three plantations, likely located in the Georgetown District of South Carolina that were based on a workforce of enslaved people. The journal includes descriptions of the activities of enslaved workers at the plantations, as well as daily weather conditions, and also includes descriptions of the planting, cultivating, and processing of rice and food crops such as potatoes and corn for local consumption.|
|Creator||Sparkman, Ben, fl. 1853-1859.|
|Curatorial Unit||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.|
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Collection includes plantation journal, dated 1848 and 1853-1859, of Ben Sparkman, a white man, who owned or managed at least three plantations, likely located in the Georgetown District of South Carolina that were based on a workforce of enslaved people. Most of this journal (about 110 pages) is devoted to a "Memorandum of Planting" (1853-1859), noting enslaved workers roles in planting, cultivating, and harvesting crops, and in various other farm-related duties. Brief descriptions of these activities usually distinguish labor performed by men from that of women. Shorter entries (about 15 pages) include a "Memorandum of the Weather" and accounts showing the rice crop for 1853 through 1858. Places mentioned in the journal include "Wilson's Place," "Black Ground," and "Home Place," all presumably in Georgetown District, South Carolina. One page of an account labelled "George Town, April 25, 1848" has survived. About 20 other pages that apparently bore a "George Town" heading have been cut out of the volume.Back to Top
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