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Bonds Conway descendants visit ancestor's home in Camden
Bonds Conway House - Gavel Web
Near the end of a visit by a large gathering of Bonds Conway descendants, Jim McGuirt (far left) presents a gavel he made from pieces of Camdens Lafayette Cedar Tree to Kershaw County Historical Society (KCHS) board member Elsie Taylor-Goins (center), Conways great-great-great-granddaughter. Looking on are KCHS board member Harvey S. Teal and other Bonds Conway descendants. - photo by Martin L. Cahn
Two buses rolled up to in front of the Bonds Conway House on Fair Street late Thursday morning. The doors opened and about 100 descendants of Bonds Conway disembarked to see the home their famous ancestor built more than 200 years earlier. Bonds Conway was the first free Black man in Camden, having purchased his own freedom in 1793.