Elias Ball II portrait restoration
The Museum has partially funded the restoration of a portrait of Elias Ball II, a prominent plantation owner in 18th-century Berkeley County; the painting was done by Jeremiah Theus, a famous early local artist. This portrait will be placed in a new permanent exhibit highlighting the Ball family's influence on Berkeley County. We currently show a video presentation made by a woman who is the descendant of one of Ball's slaves. The museum believes that showing multiple perspectives of history is important, especially in a rapidly-growing county such as this one. Through your generous donations, the painting can be completely restored and the story of Elias Ball II and his plantations can be told alongside that of Priscilla and her living descendants.