Anne Marie Gilliard (b. 1928) was born in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina; her father was a farmer and her mother a seamstress and washerwoman. Gilliard attended school until fourth grade and soon after started working with her mother mending and ironing clothes. In the interview, she remembers going with her sick sister to the Cannon Hospital in downtown Charleston: the trip would take all day; the building was old and dilapidated, but the nurses were kind and professional. Gilliard reflects about the penuries of living in Charleston and negotiating the relationships with white residents but also with upper-class blacks. She states, people from the rural areas distrusted both, white and black doctors and the medications they prescribed. Gilliard recalls she was a teenager when she discovered the places for dancing and drinking. She met a musician from Chicago and started singing in clubs, but when she got pregnant, he abandoned her. Later she got married to another man and had another son. The family relocated on Awendaw and she rarely made it back to Charleston.
4" X 5 1/4" image of two unidentified men pounding rice with a mortar and pestle, while a woman and a third man watch. Photo was taken during meeting of the American Association of Museums held in Charleston to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the founding of the Charleston Museum. Similar images found in a scrapbook commemorating the meeting indicate this to be a live demonstration at the Santee Club.
A stereoscopic image of African American women holding baskets with wares on top of their heads and children carrying wares atop their head. The text at the bottom of the image identifies them as "street vendors."
5" X 7" image of a group of four African-Americans getting water from a well sweep -- appears to be one woman and three children. From list found with the glass negatives: '16 Coming Tee Old Crane Well.'
4" X 2 1/2" image of White Hall plantation, showing an older African American woman standing with two children (boys). She is wearing glasses and a turban. They are standing in front of a multi-sided outbuilding. There is a picket fence with other outbuildings to the left.