“Payne-ful” Business Book Launch

Book details

“Payne-ful” Business: Charleston’s Journey to Truth is a nonfiction book written by Margaret Seidler that explores the history of Charleston’s slave trade, the involvement of Margaret’s ancestors, the Payne family, and the modern efforts to reconcile with Charleston’s bloody history.

The book follows Margaret Seidler’s mission to learn and process her family’s genealogical past. Using extensive research and personal experience, Seidler discusses the realities of Charleston’s racial history while highlighting the historians, journalists, and community members who work to reconcile those truths. The book features authentic, historic slave advertisements brought to life by vivid paintings by artist John W. Jones that uncover the humanity hidden beneath the detached advertisement descriptions. Seidler hopes that acknowledging a more complete truth about our past will motivate us to bridge today’s racial divide. The paintings from the book are currently featured in the Charleston City Gallery until February 11, 2024.

Launch event information

Date: March 13th, 2024

Time: 5:30 PM

Location: The Camden Room at the Charleston Visitor Center

Details: Join Margaret Seidler as she discusses “Payne-ful” Business, including findings from her research, the process of writing the book, and much more. She will also be selling signed books, and people who preordered the book can pick them up at the launch. There is no need to RSVP at this time.

Preorder the book: https://buxton-books.square.site/product/-payne-ful-business-charleston-s-journey-to-truth-pre-order-/6859?cp=true&sa=false&sbp=false&q=true