HARD WORK AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
Whites Hall operated as a 500-acre tobacco plantation, employing slave labor. However, abiding by the local Society of Friends' (Quakers) decree, Johns' father, Samuel Hopkins, emancipated their slaves in 1807. As a result young 12-year-old Johns was forced to interrupt his studies to work in the fields at the Whites Hall plantation. This experience is thought to have imbued in him a sense of both hard work and social justice.