Commonwealth Speaker Presents Great Escapes
Organization: Adams Memorial Library
Description: Adams Memorial Library is proud to host Commonwealth Speaker and Professional Storyteller and Re-enactor Denise Valentine. This interactive presentation brings to life compelling stories of enslaved Africans who escaped to, and away from Philadelphia and of those who aided them in their search for freedom. Philadelphia was an important station in the Underground railroad and safe haven for many fugitives, including Henry Box Brown. Conversely, many enslaved Africans escaped from Philadelphia, such as Oney Judge, a slave held by George Washington. Denise Valentine uses the power of storytelling to interpret these historical subjects and highlight Philadelphia's African American and Underground Railroad heritage sites. Also discussed is the role of storytelling in the continuity of community traditions.
This presentation is a program of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Pennsylvania Humanities Council, a nonprofit organization, inspires to enjoy and share a life of learning.
Location: Adams Memorial Library, Latrobe
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Registration is required
Phone: (724) 539-1972
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