ABWW Hero of the Day: Cecar Pugh

The post civil right decades have not lived up to the dreams of the modernmovement. Although the black middle class has grown, there is an epidemic of children who are being raised without their fathers. Although the economic,political and social goals we have always fought for are not fulfilled we are in a much better that our enslaved ancestors, yet even in their debased condition they tried to reunite their families. On this Father’s Day we must renew the determination that these men and women had to rebuild our families and take the burden of child rearing of the backs of women and share now that we are no longer torn apart by the auction block.

In 1841 Cecar Pugh, a free “man of colour” in South Carolina, wrote to a slaveholder in North Carolina where Pugh had earlier been enslaved. He asks if his daughter is enslaved on the man’s plantation and requests to buy one of her sons to care for him in his advanced age. Her is his letter. It is unknown if Mr. Pugh was able to secure the freedom of his grandchild

South Carolina Anderson District
Nov. 29th 1841
Dear Sir — you will please to excuse me for venturing to address you inasmuch
as the subject may be uninterresting to you but of interest to myself — I am told
that you own a black woman named Harriett & her family of children it is
said & I believe that she is my child and the only one I have alive I wish her to
know that I am injoying reasonable health & intends to come and [see] her as
soon as I can make it convenient and if it suits you & her I want one of her sons
to take care of me in this my decline of life and I am willing to pay a fair
price for him if you will let me have him and be so condesending and let me
know immediately write by mail and dirict your letter to Henry Cobb Esqr.
Golden Grove post office Greenville District S-C.
My name is Cecar was borned & raired near Winsor & formerly belong to the
Pugh family — Harrietts mother was named Patsy & belong to Doctor Darby

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One response to “ABWW Hero of the Day: Cecar Pugh”

  1. Alexander says :

    We’re going to have to reconcile how coming out of slavery the American African family was 80% intact, and has declined since. How could it be at 80% coming out of the worst period, and decline from that point on? More examination needs to be made as to how that high rate was able to exist after slavery and the factors that have contributed to its decline ever since. We have to ask more questions and check more sources in order to flesh out a more consistent coherent narrative. There’s also the issue of how we ended up with so much land after slavery. If the white slave master was so generous, then why were we enslaved in the first place? And if he were so generous, then slavery couldn’t have been that bad because if so many of them were willing to give so many of us so much land after the fact, then wouldn’t that generosity necessarily have to have been being applied while we were in bondage to them? And you mean to tell me that they were giving our people all this land after the fact and not keeping it themselves or giving it to their children? So where did they go to live, then? What inheritance was handed down to their children?

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