why the name eliza bleu?
Eliza Bleu is more than just a boutique. Eliza Bleu is an avenue to reach, support, and empower females to be the best version of themselves. We at Eliza Bleu believe that positive change can start with a simple act of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. These small acts can leave lasting impressions, as well as changes, on our friends, neighbors, and community. With every purchase from Eliza Bleu a contribution is made to the BeAnEliza Scholarship. This scholarship will be granted to a graduating high school senior in May of every year who we feel best exemplifies what it means to BeAnEliza. So what does it mean to BeAnEliza? At 16, Eliza Lucas Pinckney moved to Wappoo just outside of today's Charleston South Carolina with her family in 1738. The following year her father, Lt. Colonel George Lucas, was ordered by the British to return to Antigua where he became Lt. Governor of the island. Shortly after, her mother, Ann Lucas, passed away. With her father unable to return to South Carolina, Eliza had no choice but to take on a massive responsibility. She was the sole care taker of not only her sister, but also three working plantations. By the age of 26 Eliza turned indigo into a cash crop, tripling its export. It is said that indigo became the most important dye for the British in the eighteenth century. Not only did she defy women's non-existent professional roles at the time, she also rejected multiple suitors chosen by her father. Eliza chose her own suitor, Charles Pinkney in 1744. At that time Charles also had three plantations. As her hard struck life had it, he died of malaria in 1758. Eliza was 36 years old, mother to three boys, and the over seer of six plantations. In 1793, Eliza moved to Philadelphia for cancer treatments where she eventually died. George Washington was one of her pallbearers at St. Peter's Church. During the Revolutionary War Eliza denounced Britain and loaned large sums of money to the new state of South Carolina. In 1989, Eliza Pinckney was the first woman inducted in to South Carolina's Business Hall of Fame for her contributions to South Carolina's agriculture.