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Event: Black Elders: The Meaning of Age in American Slavery and Freedom

May 19 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EDT

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The Baton Foundation will host a lecture about the importance of Black elders during the eras of enslavement and emancipation. This program is free to the public, but registration is required.

About the Book

Would there have been a Frederick Douglass if it were not for Betsy Bailey, the grandmother who raised him? Would Harriet Jacobs have written her renowned autobiography, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, if her grandmother, a free Black woman named Molly Horniblow, had not enabled Jacobs’ escape from slavery?

In Black Elders: The Meaning of Age in American Slavery and Freedom (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2024), Frederick C. Knight explores the experiences of African Americans with aging and in old age during the eras of slavery and emancipation. Though slavery put a premium on young labor, elders worked as caregivers, domestics, cooks, or midwives and performed other tasks in the margins of Southern and Northern economies. Looking at Black families, churches, mutual aid societies, and homes for the aged, Knight demonstrates the pivotal role of elders in the history of African American community formation through Reconstruction.


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Date:
May 19
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3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EDT
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Free
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https://thebatonfoundation.org/event/black-elders-the-meaning-of-age-in-american-slavery-and-freedom/

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