History Comes Alive in February at Cecil County Public Library Branches

Press Release – Cecil County Public Library

A number of events in February will focus on the African-American experience, past and present.

Have you seen the Oscar-nominated movie “Twelve Years a Slave” and are interested in learning more? Even if you haven’t seen the film, join us for a presentation by Syl Woolford, who will share the story of Solomon Northrup, a free-born African American who was kidnapped and sold into slavery. When he was released from bondage, he sued his kidnappers, slave traders and slave master. This lecture will also explore public reaction and historical significance of his bondage and legal trials. This presentation is at the Elkton Central Library  on Thursday, February 13 at 7 PM. Call 410-996-5600 to register.

On Tuesday, February 18 at 6:30pm at the Cecilton Branch, historian Milt Diggins will discuss “Freedom Seekers and the Underground Railroad on the Delmarva Peninsula.” Call 410-275-1091 to register. And on Monday, February 24 at 6:30pm at the Chesapeake City Branch, Syl Woolford will discuss the little known fact that “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” by Harriet Beecher Stowe was loosely based on the real-life journals of Josiah Henson, a runaway slave from Maryland. Call 410-996-1134 to register.

If you are  unable to attend these programs, but at interested in the topics, stop by any Cecil County Branch Library to find books, movies and resources – or search our online information and historical databases at http://www.cecil.ebranch.info/digital-library/online-resources/

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