Cordelia Sanders Chew

Charleston, South Carolina

Cordelia Sanders Chew was born into slavery in 1841, in Charleston, SC.  Her mother was black. Her white father owned her mother. This fact embodies a complex continuum of violence and oppression in the African American experience. The struggle to overcome a cruelly contrived illegitimacy is not analogous to the immigrant experience. Cordelia’s life does intersect with the immigrant journey to redefine oneself with dignity and self-determination and to champion one’s humanity.

Photo is used with permission from the Annie Wood Web Papers, Private Collection