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LECTURE: Enslavement and the Underground Railroad

Join us Sun­day, August 27 at 2 p.m. for a lec­ture titled “Enslave­ment and the Under­ground Rail­road in Mis­souri and Illi­nois.” His­to­ri­an Julie Nico­lai will be giv­ing the lec­ture on her new book with this same title. It is the first book on the under­ground rail­road in Mis­souri and fea­tures nev­er before pub­lished sites.

Peo­ple enslaved in Mis­souri and Illionois expe­ri­enced the same hor­rors as those held cap­tive in oth­er states, and their sto­ries of courage and per­se­ver­ance are amaz­ing. Priscil­la Bal­ti­more pur­chased her own eman­ci­pa­tion and found­ed a free­dom vil­lage. Many who fled for their lives spent time bunkered in the base­ment of Han­son House. The region’s Con­gre­ga­tion­al­ists brought a fiery brand of abo­li­tion­ism. And Prairie Park still holds the fad­ed “haint” blue paint tra­di­tion­al­ly used on slave dwellings. Author Julia Nico­lai details sto­ries just like these in the lecture.

Reser­va­tions are not required. Park­ing avail­able in the park­ing lot adja­cent to the Camp­bell House and street park­ing is free on Sundays.