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Shared History



Descendants of slaves and slave owners of Woodlands Plantation, now the remnants of an antebellum estate in South Carolina, have for generations passed down stories about the on-going relationship between their families. While independently researching their families’ history, three descendants meet and begin to uncover the mythologies about the old relationship through family interviews and archival evidence. With an extraordinary collection of historic images and documents, oral histories, as well as family photographs (19th and 20th century), "home movie" film footage (beginning in 1942) and "home video" footage (from 1968 to the present), this program documents the living descendants' efforts to examine the persistence of the relationship and expose the myths that sustained the connection through more than two centuries.

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Charles Orr, Rhonda Kearse, and Felicia Furman, the three narrators of Shared History.

The Three Descendants2 - (l to r) Charles Orr, Rhonda Kearse and Felicia Furman are the three narrators of Shared History.  They also share a unique bond:  Orr and Kearse are descendants of slaves who worked on Woodlands Plantation.  The plantation was owned by Furman's great great grandfather, William Gilmore Simms. (credit: Pressly Hall Photography)

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