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Friendly Moralist Society (Charleston, S.C.)


Found in 9 Collections and/or Records:

"Chart: Members and Applicants to the Friendly Moralist Society", 1841 - 1856

 File — Box 1, Folder: 6
Scope and Contents

From "Free Black Benevolence in Antebellum Charleston;" photocopied transcripts. Includes "names, residence, religious and social affiliations, relations, slaves (enslaved if held in Charleston County only), real estate, taxable value of property/taxes, and notes." Pages 312-345.

Dates: 1841 - 1856

Edmund Lee Drago collection

Identifier: AMN 1051
Abstract Scholar, author, and history professor, Edmund Lee Drago began his teaching career at the College of Charleston in 1975. He is the author of "Initiative, Paternalism and Race Relations: Charleston's Avery Normal Institute" (1990), among other books. His research focus is 19th century U.S. History, African American and Charleston history, and the American Civil War and Reconstruction. The Edmund Lee Drago Papers are organized in three series. The first consists of materials related to his...
Dates: 1784-2009, undated; Majority of material found in 1865-1991

Friendly Moralist Society records

Identifier: AMN 1009
Abstract The Friendly Moralist Society was a benevolent society, established in Charleston South Carolina, 1838 for free men of color (mulatto or mixed race). The group served the community by providing burial aid, purchasing plots and assisting during funerals, for those in need. The organization also worked to provide charitable assistance to needy widows and orphans of deceased members. Each member was entitled to certain rights of membership, namely financial assistance in times of illness or...
Dates: 1841-1856, and undated

The Friendly Moralist Society Minutes (bound volume), 1841 - 1856, 1842 - 1849

 Item — Box 1
Scope and Contents Includes sections with notes regarding members attendance and reasons for missing meetings. It also documents amount fined members for being absent. The proceedings are recorded by the elected secretaries and detail the meetings. Highlights include Annual Day festivities, induction of new members, and meetings. Minutes reveal the working of the Society and its role in providing burial aid and financial support to widows and orphans. Also explored is the intra-racial strife between free...
Dates: 1841 - 1856; 1842 - 1849

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Archival Object 7
Collection 2
Free blacks 7
manuscripts (documents) 7
photocopies 6
transcripts 6
financial records 2