1880 – Born on October 31st in Laurens County, South Carolina. American fiction writer.
1920 – Peterkin was initially recognized for her portrayal of the Gullahs as complete, meaningful characters, which undermined the stereotypical view of blacks.
1924 – Peterkin’s first book, Green Thursday, is a series of sketches and stories tied together by a narrative that centers on a black plantation family.
1925 – Recipient of the O. Henry Award for Best Short Story for "Maum Lou".
1927 – Black April, her next work, is the story of the plantation foreman, a heroic figure who is brought to ruin by a combination of physical illness and social circumstances.
1928 – Scarlet Sister Mary was Peterkin’s greatest success.
– Scarlet Sister Mary was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in fiction.
1930 – Received the O. Henry Award for Best Short Story for "The Diamond Ring".
1961 – Died on August in Lang Syne Plantation, near Fort Motte, South Carolina.
1970 – Collected Short Stories of Julia Peterkin renewed critical debate on Peterkin’s importance.