An Awkward Discussion
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. To see his story, click on the video player.