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What Furniture Reveals: Freed Charleston Cabinetmaker John Gough

July 2 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

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In 2019, Historic Charleston Foundation acquired a secretary wardrobe signed by local cabinetmaker John Gough, a freed person of color working in the late eighteenth century. His craftsmanship blends nicely into Charleston’s late eighteenth century furniture expressions. Yet, it is his signature on the piece itself that, once revealed, becomes its most important detail, one that reveals the intricacies and dualities of a once-enslaved man’s life. Join Grahame Long, HCF’s Director of Museums and published local author for a look at John Gough, his relationship with other cabinetmakers of the time and the complexities of being a freed person of color in early Charleston.

Food for Thought Luncheon Lecture Series:
This is an event in the Food for Thought Luncheon Lecture Series. The luncheon lecture series takes place in an informal setting at the historic Captain James Missroon House, c. 1808. Join us atop Charleston’s High Battery and enjoy a commanding view of Charleston Harbor and the antebellum mansions along East Battery. Please note there is limited seating capacity as we will be socially distancing.

Participants will enjoy a casual light lunch of salads and sandwiches.

There is limited off-site parking.

Ticket Information:

  • Advance purchase is required.
  • $55 per person
  • A 3% processing fee will be added to the purchase of these tickets upon checkout.
  • Please read the Ticket Sales Policy.

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benefit the preservation and advocacy initiatives of Historic Charleston Foundation.

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