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CANCELLED-Dorcas Allen Lecture, by Dr. Alison Mann

Title:CANCELLED-Dorcas Allen Lecture, by Dr. Alison Mann
Date & Time:Sat Mar 16, 2024 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
201 S. Washington St.
Event Details:Learn about Dorcas Allen, a woman living with her husband and four children as a free black woman in Washington D.C. who was enslaved by James Birch, imprisoned in Alexandria, and tried for the murder of her two youngest children. A jury acquitted her by reason of insanity, and, with John Quincy Adams’ assistance, she regained her freedom. This is story of African American agency in the most desperate of circumstances…when an enslaved mother feels death is better for her children than life in bondage. Dr. Alison Mann serves as the Historian at the National Museum of American Diplomacy, U.S. Department of State as a subject matter expert in the field of diplomatic history, 19th century American history, public history, and education. Before joining the museum, she was Assistant Professor of History at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, GA, teaching courses in public history, multicultural America, and early American history.? She has also taught diplomatic history and the history of American slavery and abolitionism at the University of New Hampshire and Franklin Pierce University and worked as a Park Ranger for Boston African American National Historic Site. She holds an MA and Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire, and a BA from Rutgers University.?Proceeds from the event support Freedom House Museum.
Fees:$15/OHA Members $12
Audience:Anyone may attend
Tags:Black History, Lyceum, Museums, Women, Women History

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