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The Lapidus Center Presents: Reclaiming Our Ancestors


William Grimes was the first runaway to autonomously publish an autobiography. Jeffrey Brace, born in West Africa, became a revolutionary veteran, an abolitionist and an author. Solomon Northup, a free man sold in Louisiana, wrote Twelve Years a Slave. Dred Scott was sued for his freedom, which led to the infamous 1857 “Dred Scott Decision.” In this program, their descendants Regina E. Mason, Rhonda Brace, Vera J. Williams, and Lynne M. Jackson share their families’ inspiring journeys with moderator Kari Winter (professor at the University at Buffalo and the editor of The Blind African Slave: or, Memoirs of Boyrereau Brinch, Nick-named Jeffrey Brace).

This program is brought to you by the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery.

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