Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1929, Julia Mood Peterkin was the author of many novels depicting the Gullah language and its people. Born Julia Mood in Laurens County, South Carolina, she graduated from Converse College in 1896. Moving to Calhoun County as a private tutor, she met and married William Peterkin of Lang Syne Plantation at Fort Motte. Her understanding and inspiration of the people on the plantation came from her involvement with those who lived there. Author of Black April, Scarlet Sister Mary, and many other novels, she received an honorary degree from Converse College in 1927.