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Lecture: Harriet Jacobs and Julia Wilbur

Title:Lecture: Harriet Jacobs and Julia Wilbur
Date & Time:Sat Feb 3, 2018 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Location:Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St. (Map This)
Event Details:Thousands of African Americans escaped slavery during the Civil War by coming into Union-occupied Alexandria. They persevered through poverty, disease, and prejudice. Learn how two women, one black and one white, helped improve conditions while carving out new roles for themselves in 19th century America.

Paula Whitacre’s recently published book, A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time, is a biography of Julia Wilbur and tells the story of how Wilbur and Jacobs became effective advocates for free people’s rights. Whitacre will be available to sign copies of her book.

Harriet Ann Jacobs. Jacobs, who lived in Alexandria during the Civil War, wrote about her war experiences working with Alexandria’s contraband population. Jacobs was an African-American writer who escaped from slavery and was later freed. She became an abolitionist speaker and reformer. She wrote an autobiographical novel, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.
Paula Whitacre is a freelance writer and editor who has lived in Alexandria for many years. Her bachelor's and master's degrees in International Studies are from Johns Hopkins University. Whitacre channeled her love of history into extensive research on Harriet Jacobs. Her book, A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time, is based on primary source material, including Jacobs’ diary.
Contact Phone No.:703.746.4356
Fees:Free, but reservations are encouraged.
Audience:Anyone may attend
Tags:Black History Museum, Museums, Parker Gray

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