From the March 2014 magazine.

March 2014: Grandpa’s Trunk

A treasure from the man who introduced the family to AA was about to be opened

At the time of his death in 1967, my grandfather, Ernie C., had been sober since March 15, 1950. He was affectionately known as Pop. He was co-founder of the Camden Group of AA and the Boykin Group in Camden, S.C. In 1955 he was instrumental in the construction of a building that’s still rented for meetings by the Camden Group. The Boykin Group met at a correctional facility and is now defunct.

I’ve often been told that alcoholism can be generational, and I firmly believe this happened in my case. When my grandfather passed away my disease was in its early stages. When I was introduced to AA, a year before I got sober, I was astounded. I was curious as to why I had never heard of this program, though I had been to the “meeting room” with my granddad on a couple of occasions. I also knew that he was sober and often brought drunks home to dry them out.

-- Frankie S.

Camden, South Carolina

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