This chapter describes the local women who played key roles during the Cotton Centennial Exposition. Among them was Caroline Merrick (1825–1908) who singlehandedly managed her brother's plantation in 1862. All the men were at war that year, and her husband had secreted their slaves to another parish. Merrick wrote that, at Myrtle Grove, she was responsible for the welfare of family members and all the slaves as well as for clothing and crops. Merrick learned stratagems as she managed the plantation, for she also dealt with both Union and Confederate armies that regularly took what they needed as they trooped between Baton Rouge and Port Gibson. Another was Caroline Gratia Williams Walmsley (1832?–1905) who was one of the organizers of the Christian Woman's Exchange in 1881 and the group's president for more than two decades, from 1882 until the year before her death in 1905.
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