Nat Fuller's Feast: The Life and Legacy of an Enslaved Cook in Charleston

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About the Exhibit

In the spring of 1865, Nat Fuller, a newly free African American cook, hosted what one observer described as a “miscegenation dinner” at his restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina. For both black and white guests, his feast celebrated Emancipation and the end of the U.S. Civil War. This exhibition explores Nat Fuller’s work and legacy as an enslaved cook, caterer, and restaurateur, and provides insight into the culinary history of antebellum Charleston. Published April 2015.


Project Authors: David S. Shields, University of South Carolina, and Kevin Mitchell, Trident Technical College