Eliza Lucas Pinckney lives!

“A people who mean to be their own governors,” said Eliza Lucas Pinckney, “must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

Photo of Christy as Eliza

[In this item, feature writer, Patra Taylor, introduces the latest trend in Charleston party-going.]

Charleston is abuzz with sightings of Eliza Lucas Pinckney, the first woman to be inducted into the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame. At the age of 16, Pinckney, took over the management of Wappoo Plantation and her family’s other two agricultural properties in 1739. Through her extensive knowledge of botany, she went on to develop indigo as one of South Carolina’s most important cash crops, revolutionizing the colonial economy prior to the Revolutionary War, and forever preserving her place in American history.

Photo of Christy Pleasant as Eliza Lucas Pinckney.The burning question today is, how has Pinckney suddenly reappeared on the streets, private gardens and intimate salons of Charleston, South Carolina? The answer is easy…through the genius of Christy Pleasant and her company, Historic Performance Events. Pleasant’s endeavor, launched in the spring of 2019, allows the essence of important historical characters to permeate an event in order to leave a lasting impression on attendees. Other historic figures being scene around town these days also include Queen Charlotte, Grace O’Malley and Molly Bloom.

Eliza Pinckney lives! tells the story of South Carolina’s adopted native daughter.

Photo of RIP gravestoneElizabeth Lucas Pinckney

1722 – 1793

Always remembered for your major influence on America’s colonial economy.


Author: Patra Taylor

A freelance writer for three decades, Patra Taylor is currently a regular columnist and features correspondent for the Charleston Mercury. In that capacity, she has interviewed numerous Charleston celebrities along with a few national figures including FOX News political commentator, Tucker Carlson; Washington, D.C. insider-turned-winemaker, Bear Dyke; and country music singer/songwriter, Philip Claypool. She is also a regular contributor to Charleston Style and Design and the Southeast Film Guide.

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