Charleston Time Machine April Events

Dr. Nic Butler will offer two lectures this month:

The Life and Legacy of Thomas Grimball (1744-1783) discusses one of the least remembered of the Grimball family of Edisto, Major Thomas Grimball. He was a lawyer, sheriff, militia officer, and hero of the American Revolution whose legacy merits attention. Join CCPL’s historian, Dr. Nic Butler, for the story of Major Grimball’s life and his connections to the roots of jazz and the history of American music. This talk will take place twice this month; first at the Edisto Library on Thursday, April 6th from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and again at the Main Library on Thursday, April 13th from 6 – 7 p.m.

Dr. Butler’s second lecture topic this month is From Charleston Slavery to African Freedom: Two Amazing True Stories. Dr. Butler will discuss of the lives of two men, John Kizell and Boston King, who escaped slavery in the Charleston area during the American Revolution and made their way back to Africa. Two centuries ago these pioneering men helped to establish communities for African Americans who sought to return to their motherland. This talk will be held at the John’s Island Regional Library on Tuesday, April 11th from 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

Also, don’t forget to tune in to WYLA 97.5 FM to hear Dr. Butler’s half hour local history radio program. You can also view the live stream at on Saturday and Sundays at 11 a.m. or check out the podcast version of the radio program on his blog,