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By Anderson Burns

STATEBURG, S.C. (WOLO) -- We never read about it in history books. It takes away the black and white of history and puts us firmly in a shade of gray.

One of the wealthiest men in the Midlands in the 1800s was a black man named Williams Ellison. He owned a cotton gin, plantation, and on the eve of the Civil War, 68 slaves.

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