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The 1835 Lecture: Erica Armstrong Dunbar

April 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Mercentile Library

Free – $15
Erica Armstrong Dunbar Cincinnati

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Don’t miss The 1835 Lecture: Erica Armstrong Dunbar, author of Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge.

Do you love African-American history? Would you love to attend a thought-provoking lecture? African American experience historian Erica Armstrong is ready to give you that and more. Her writing, teaching, and lecturing focus on the uncomfortable concepts of slavery, racial injustice, and gender inequality. While there is deep pain associated with these topics, she marvels at the incredible triumph of survival and the beautiful history of resistance.


Attend and learn on April 17th from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. The lecture will be given at the Mercantile Library. Admission is free to Mercantile members and $15 for non-members. Registration is required when purchasing tickets. The reception begins at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 6:30 p.m.
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About Erica Armstrong Dunbar
Erica Armstrong Dunbar is an alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania, where she received her BA in History. By the age of twenty-one, she began her formal journey to the historical profession, eventually receiving her MA and Ph.D. from Columbia University. She made a choice to follow her interests and heart. As a result,  she became a historian of the African American experience. Also,  she committed herself to tell the stories of black women who lived, loved, struggled, worked, prayed, and fought to survive in a nation that still recognized many of them as property.


About Mercantile Library
In 1835 a group of young Cincinnati merchants started a library. They pooled their resources, books, and talents. The group collected works of art and hosted speakers and authors, including Herman Melville, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Harriet Beecher Stowe. The Mercantile Library flourished as a cultural, intellectual, and literary center of its region. Following its destruction by fire in 1845, members of the library collected $10,000 to rebuild. In exchange, they were given a 10,000-year lease grant to its present site.


The Mercantile Library is one of the nearly two-dozen surviving membership libraries in the United States. Also, it contains over 80,000 volumes and covers a broad range of subjects. Today, it is a place where readers, writers, artists, students, professionals, and creatives connect, work, and play.


The Mercentile Library
414 Walnut St #1100
Cincinnati, OH 45251 United States


The Mercantile Library