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A Virtual Discussion About Women and the Underground Railroad

March 31 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

“The Ghosts of Traumatic Pasts: The Escape of Margaret Garner and What Her Story Illuminates About Slavery for Women”

A VIRTUAL DISCUSSION NIKKI M. TAYLOR, PhD 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 2021 AT 2 PM (EASTERN) 

This talk focuses on the 1856 escape of Margaret Garner from slavery. The inspiration for Toni Morrison’s novel, Beloved, Garner when confronted with capture, decided to kill her daughter rather than have her face a life in slavery.  This talk probes the legacy of emotional and physical violence that Margaret Garner and other enslaved women endured.

Dr. Nikki M. Taylor is a Professor of U.S. History and Chair of the Department of History at Howard University. She earned her PhD in U.S. History (and a certificate in Women’s) from Duke University. Her research focus is 19th Century History, with a special focus on the History of Black Freedom in the Age of Slavery. She is the author of Driven Toward Madness: The Fugitive Slave Margaret Garner and Tragedy on the Ohio (2016).

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This event is sponsored by the Boone County Library in Kentucky and the National Park Service, National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.