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Stolen: The Story of Free African American Boys Kidnapped Into Slavery (Peerless Rockville) – CANCELLED

March 29 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Richard Bell presents his new book, Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped Into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home

About this Event

Richard Bell, associate professor of history at the University of Maryland, College Park and the author of Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped Into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home, will talk about how the outlawing of the transatlantic slave trade in the early 1800s created a criminal network of human traffickers and slave traders who abducted thousands of free African Americans living in northern states and sold them into slavery. He will describe the true story of five young, free black boys who—lured onto a ship with the promise of food and pay, then smuggled from Philadelphia to the deep South—courageously resisted and were able to escape, eventually initiating a manhunt to bring their captors to justice.

A book sale and signing will follow the presentation.

Presented in association with Peerless Rockville’s new exhibit, Forging Freedom: Endurance, Escape, and Rockville’s Underground Railroad. Come learn about the brave fugitives who fled slavery in Rockville, the abolitionist network that helped, and the endurance of the enslaved community.

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MCPL Rockville Branch (Memorial Library)
21 Maryland Avenue
Rockville, MD 20850 United States
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