HBF’s Next Dinner & a Lecture




Dinner & a Lecture – May 18, 2015

at the Verdier House

A leader in South Carolina Reconstruction era politics will be the subject of the May Dinner & a Lecture presented by Historic Beaufort Foundation at the Verdier House, 801 Bay Street, May 18th, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

USCB history professor and director of the upcoming teachers’ institute, “America’s Reconstruction: The Untold Story,” J. Brent Morris, will discuss the life of Robert Brown Elliott and the radical politics of Reconstruction in South Carolina. Morris, who teaches, writes and lectures on slavery and antislavery in America, is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to teach Reconstruction history to educators at USCB in July.

Elliott, a black man of West Indian descent, established a successful political career in South Carolina and was twice elected to the U.S. Congress. During this period, the government attempted to grant equal rights to former slaves and they achieved political leadership positions.  He left Congress to fight political corruption in South Carolina. He was elected SC Attorney General but was forced out of office as the Federal government decreased its support of Reconstruction policies.

Morris is widely known for his writings on the abolitionist and Reconstruction periods and in 2010 received the South Carolina Historical Society’s award for the best scholarly article appearing in the society’s journal.

Seating is limited for the lecture.

A wine and hors d’oeuvre reception begins at 5:30

The program is 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Admission:$15 per member/$25 per member couple

$20 per non-member/$30 per non-member couple.

Call 379-3331 to make reservations.

Reservations for dinner at Saltus, at which patrons receive a 20% discount on food and beverage, may be made by calling Saltus at 379-3474.


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