Virtual Lecture - The Reverse Underground Railroad: Stolen, Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home
Date: Thursday, December 10, 2020
Location: Zoom Virtual Lecture
Time: 7 pm - 8 pm
Guest speaker Richard Bell discusses his research and story behind his new book, Stolen, which covers the grim story of human trafficking and slave traders who ”stole” away thousands of legally free African Americans from their families in order to fuel slavery’s rapid expansion in the decades before the Civil War. His newest book tells of the odyssey of five free black boys kidnapped from Philadelphia in 1825 who were coffled to Mississippi for sale as slaves, only to escape, return and lead a manhunt to bring their former captors to justice.
Cost: $15 per household for General Admission; $10 per household for HA Members and Volunteers
This lecture will be offered virtually by Zoom, an online video conferencing platform. Upon registration, you will be sent the link for the video conference to join on the evening of the lecture. If you do not receive your confirmation email after you register, please check your Spam folder, or email Carolyn Currin at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about Zoom and to download the app to your computer, visit the Zoom website.
About our Presenter: Dr. Richard Bell is Associate Professor of HIstory at the University of Maryland and author of the new book Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home. He has won more than a dozen teaching awards, including the University System of Maryland Board of Regents Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, the highest honor for teaching faculty in the Maryland state system. He has held major research fellowships at Yale, Cambridge, and the Library of Congress and is the recipient of the National Endowment of the Humanities Public Scholar award. He serves as a Trustee of the Maryland historical Society, as an elected member of the Massachusetts Historical Society, and as a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.