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Learn About the Amistad Rebellion

Learn About the Amistad Rebellion

Published: April 09, 2019

After the Library’s Black History Month movie series this past February, many attendees voiced their interest in continuing the conversation. To ensure that this aspect of American history is available to people in the community, the Library is beginning a monthly discussion group to give folks the opportunity to talk about the events and figures that have played prominently in our culture, and to consider the impacts.

For each session, a topic will be announced in advance, and participants can read up on the subject beforehand, either online or by getting book suggestions from the Library staff. Guiding the discussions will be Dr. Veronica McComb, Associate Professor of History at Lenoir-Rhyne University.

This month, the group’s focus will be on the Amistad Rebellion, which took place in 1839 as captured natives of Sierra Leone overthrew the ship and crew attempting to deliver them to Cuba’s sugar plantations. Recaptured off the coast of Long Island, New York, the Africans were the subject of an 1841 Supreme Court trial that drew the attention of the country in the period before the Civil War.

Attendees are encouraged to read up on the circumstances and outcomes of the event and to bring their curiosity and understanding to the discussion on Wednesday, April 17 at 4 pm at the Main Library in Newton. All are welcome, and light refreshments will be served.