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A Different Roots Story: The Cameron People of Alabama
February 18, 2017
02:00 PM until 03:30 PM
Syd Nathans, Duke emeritus professor and author of "To Free a Family: The Journey of Mary Walker," returns to Stagville to introduce his new book. In "A Mind to Stay: White Plantation, Black Homeland," Nathans tells a rare story—that of people sent by Stagville and Fairntosh planter Paul Cameron to labor on an Alabama cotton plantation, persons who became owners of the very land they worked in bondage, and whose descendants have held on to it since. Using Cameron archives and years of interviews with black descendants, he illuminates the meaning of land and landowning—first to Paul Cameron who bought the land in 1844, then to emancipated African-Americans who chose to stay rather than leave, and finally for descendants who fought to make their homeland fully free. A book signing takes place after the talk. All ages.
5828 Old Oxford Hwy.
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