Elizabeth Freeman's Case for Freedom: The End of Slavery in Massachusetts & the Effects on the Black Community in the Berkshires
Name: Elizabeth Freeman's Case for Freedom: The End of Slavery in Massachusetts & the Effects on the Black Community in the Berkshires
Date: May 11, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT
Guest speaker, David Levinson, is a cultural anthropologist and former vice-president at Yale University's Human Relations Area Files, an anthropological think-tank. He is co-author of “One Minute a Free Woman – Elizabeth Freeman and the Struggle for Freedom”. He will examine the larger impact of abolishing slavery in Massachusetts and its consequences for the Black Community in the Berkshires. This is the first program in the "Rebels with a Cause," 2019 lecture series, featuring three talks highlighting Great Barrington's colonial period. Each lecture examines the research and interpretation of historical events, and provides more in-depth discussion and understanding of events and people whose stories continue to resonate today. Other lectures in the series include a program on Shays' Rebellion on October 5th and a program Laura Secord on November 2nd. The talks will take place in the Great Hall of Saint James Place at 352 Main Street in Great Barrington, which was completely renovated and opened to the public in 2017. Saint James Place is a state-of-the-art performing arts center. Refreshments and a tour of the facility will follow the lecture. Free parking is available across the street at Berkshire Community College South.