7 and 9 Coming Street, Charleston, SC 29401

9 Coming Street was the home of free person of color, James D. Johnson, a tailor. Letters written by his family documenting their need to flee to avoid the loss of their freedom in the late 1850s as the city began to strictly enforce laws are collected in the book No Chariot Let Down (see list of references). He owned no. 7 as well. Johnson’s daughter married the son of Richard Ellison, South Carolina’s wealthiest free person of color in Sumter District. In 1860, Coming Street was home to more free people of color than any other street in town.