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Today In Charleston History: July 7

JULY 7

1771

Henry Laurens left Charlestown with his three sons for Philadelphia, on his way to England to establish his children in school.

1776-Deaths

Sabina Ellis Ramsay died, age nineteen, leaving Dr. David Ramsay widowed for the first time.

1781

The pardoned Charlestown prisoners arrived in Philadelphia from St. Augustine, where they had been held by British authorities. Charles Pinckney took a room at Mrs. McFunn’s boardinghouse on Second Street with Arthur Middleton.

1849-Religion. Slavery

A riot broke out at the Work House – the Negro Jail – just around the corner, and thirty prisoners escaped.  They were quickly recaptured, tried, and imprisoned.  One of them, Nicholas was hanged.  

1884

During his national speaking tour, Oscar Wilde appeared at the Academy of Music.

Oscar_Wilde_Sarony

Oscar Wilde, 1882

Academy of Music, Market and King Street (present site of the Riveria Theater.

Academy of Music, Market and King Street (present site of the Riveria Theater.

 

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