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Octavia Harby Moses (Mrs. Andrew Jackson Moses) (1823-1904), ca. 1840
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Octavia Harby Moses
(Mrs. Andrew Jackson Moses) (1823–1904)

Artist unknown
ca. 1840
Oil on canvas
Private collection

After the war Jewish women took leading roles in memorializing the Lost Cause of the Confederacy. Octavia Harby Moses headed the campaign to build a monument to the Confederate war dead of Sumter County. In 1869 she was elected president of the “Ladies Monumental Association” (all the other officers were men), which purchased land on Washington Street between Liberty and Hampton and laid a cornerstone in 1874. She was succeeded in the crusade by her daughter Rebecca Moïse, whose daughter Dulce reported she was “raised for the good of the Monument.”

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