The Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World Program at the College of Charleston is pleased to announce Caroline Grego, a visiting assistant professor at Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina, as the winner of the 2021 Rachel Hines Prize for a first book related to the Lowcountry and/or the broader Atlantic World.
Grego received the prize for her manuscript, Hurricane of the New South: How the Great Sea Island Storm of 1893 Shaped the Jim Crow LowCountry. Grego’s research and writing centers on the Black perspective and Black lives in a way that is innovative in environmental or reconstruction era histories. Her work artfully engages the important trends in public, environmental and labor history with care and a critical lens that will be of interest to students, academics, historical interpreters and those working across many cultural heritage and preservation sectors. The book is currently under contract with the University of North Carolina Press at Chapel Hill.
The Rachel Hines Prize awards $1,000 to the author from a generous endowment from Sam Hines, long time scholar at the College of Charleston and The Citadel, in honor of his mother, Rachel Hines, an avid lover of history. Past winners include scholars such as Michael D. Thompson, Huw David and Bradford Wood, all prominent scholars in their field of study.