Eliza Lucas Pinckney Fellow
Eliza Lucas Pinckney Fellow membership conveys all the benefits of the Circle memberships, plus advance access to special event ticketing and invitations to exclusive Fellows events. Fellows members also enjoy reciprocal privileges at our sister membership libraries. Additionally, they receive two give memberships to be sent to recipients of their choice and the opportunity to designate one item for conservation.
Eliza Lucas Pinckney (1722-1793) was not only an important figure in colonial and early republican South Carolina, but one of the most distinguished and accomplished women of the eighteenth century. Sent to England to pursue higher education at a time when formal female education was very rare, the young Eliza Lucas fell in love with botany. Returning to Charleston, she began to work on the family’s plantations; she personally managed three of them by the age of sixteen. She carefully cultivated test crops, eventually perfecting a strand of indigo that brought immense wealth to colonial South Carolina.
Eliza Lucas was married to Charles Pinckney, a Chief Justice of South Carolina. She was mother to Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, Minister to France, signer of the Constitution, and candidate for president; also mother to Thomas Pinckney, ambassador to Great Britain, member of the U.S. House, and candidate for the vice-presidency. When she died, George Washington was among her pallbearers.