I just read an enlightening CNN.com piece about the Friendfield Plantation outside Georgetown, South Carolina. Mrs. Obama’s great-great grandfather, Jim Robinson, was a slave there, CNN reports. About 350 slaves lived there during the 19th century. All that remain on the 3,300 acres are six white-washed shacks.
Jim Robinson was a teenager when slavery was abolished. One can’t help but to think about the irony of Jim Robinson, once a former slave living in a white-washed cabin, having a great-great granddaughter who now lives in an extremely different White House.
Here the Obamas visit the Cape Coast Castle in Ghana where many African slaves were held before they were sent to America, the Caribbean and Europe.