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Stolen: The Story of Free African Americans Kidnapped into Slavery [CANCELED]
March 29, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
This event has been canceled. 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.