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Speaker: Sydney Nathans

"A Hidden Civil War: A Fugitive Slave's Quest To Free Her Family"

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
5:00 PM  to 6:30 PM

117  Jones School
Rice University
6100 Main St
Houston, Texas, USA

"Prior to the Civil War, thousands of African Americans escaped from slavery, but because few recorded their experiences,little is known about their efforts to forge new lives in freedom. Mary Walker, the focus of this study, was a light-skinned fugitive who escaped from a North Carolina planter couple when she accompanied them to Philadelphia in 1848. Her history, though unique in many ways, is illustrative of the hardships and challenges such migrants faced and the support they sometimes received from abolitionist networks."

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