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