In this fascinating biography set in nineteenth-century Savannah, Georgia, Janice L. Sumler-Edmond resurrects the life and times of Aspasia Cruvellier Mirault, a free woman of color whose story was until now lost to historical memory. It’s a story that informs our understanding of the antebellum South as we watch this widowed matriarch navigate the social, economic, and political complexities to create a legacy for her family.
The Secret Trust of Aspasia Cruvellier Mirault
The Life and Trials of a Free Woman of Color in Antebellum Georgia
Janice L. Sumbler-Edmond
“A valuable addition to the scholarship of the antebellum South. Through the author’s research into little known historical territory, scholars can understand better how free black people operated in a southern city.”
—Diane Batts Morrow, author of Persons of Color and Religious at the Same Time: The Oblate Sisters of Providence, 1828–1860
“A study that will make a timely contribution to the scholarship of antebellum and post-bellum life in a southern city. The amplification of the struggles and successes of the free black Cruvellier and Mirault families reveals much that is new about the evolution of urban stratification in a slave society.”
—Billy Higgins, author of A Stranger and a Sojourner: Peter Caulder, Free Black Frontiersman in Antebellum Arkansas