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Virtual Lecture - The Quakers and the Birth of American Antislavery

Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Location: Zoom Virtual Lecture

Time: 7 pm (EST)

The Quakers—formally known as the Society of Friends—were the first group of white Christians to confront slaveholding as a religious problem that demanded social action. But in the 1600s, many Quakers were slaveholders themselves. quakers-and-slavery-readingIt took energy and activism on the part of a small number of activists within this faith group to disrupt that status quo and steer their church towards an outspoken commitment to Black freedom. This lecture by historian Richard Bell tells that story, focusing in on the 1688 Germantown Protest as well the later crusades of three 18th-century Quaker men—Benjamin Lay, John Woolman, and Anthony Benezet. 

Registration required.

Cost: $15 per household for General Admission; $10 per household for HA Members & Volunteers


Can't watch the lecture live? We invite you to register; all registrants will receive a link to the recording of the lecture to watch at their convenience. The lecture recording will be available for two weeks. Live closed captioning is available for all lectures.

This lecture will be offered virtually by Zoom. Upon registration, you will be sent the link for the video conference to join on the evening of the lecture. To learn more about Zoom and to download the app to your computer, visit the Zoom website.

20210216-VL-Dr-Richard-BellAbout Our Presenter: Dr. Richard Bell is Associate Professor of History at the University of Maryland and author of the new book Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home.  He has won more than a dozen teaching awards, including the University System of Maryland Board of Regents Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, the highest honor for teaching faculty in the Maryland state system. He has held major research fellowships at Yale, Cambridge, and the Library of Congress and is the recipient of the National Endowment of the Humanities Public Scholar award. He serves as a Trustee of the Maryland Historical Society, as an elected member of the Massachusetts Historical Society, and as a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. 


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