Exhibit: A-Dressing Jehossee

Archives Exhibit: A-Dressing Jehossee: Everyday Clothing of An Antebellum Island Plantation

Adult Rice Worker Dress
Adult Rice Worker Dress
House Maid's Fan-Front Dress
House Maid's Fan-Front Dress

The first Archives exhibit in the new space consists of a wonderful collection of clothing and other items that represent what women may have worn on a particular plantation in low country South Carolina. Alison Boulton, Winthrop December 2011 graduate, completed this project to partially fulfill her requirements toward a History degree. Alison chose Jehossee Plantation owned by William Aiken Jr., former South Carolina Governor (1844-1846) in 1850 as her subject and set out to painstakingly hand-sew each article of clothing that would be worn by the women living and working at the plantation. All of the clothing created for this exhibit is intended to represent specific persons, or occupations associated with the plantation on a day when the Aiken family was in residence.

The exhibit will be available for viewing until the end of March during regular Archives hours. (8:30-5:00, M-F). For more information on the exhibit, please contact the Archives at (803) 323-2334 or e-mail archives@winthrop.edu.

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