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Event DateWednesday, April 20, 2022
NameRichard Bell, Historian and Author, Virtual Lecture
Brief DescriptionA virtual Zoom lecture
CategoryHistory Events
DescriptionBRISTOL, RI -- Linden Place museum in Bristol, RI invites the community to join a live virtual lecture with author and historian, Richard Bell, on Wednesday, April 20 at 7pm. Bell is the author of the 2020 book, Stolen; Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and their Astonishing Odyssey Home.
Philadelphia, 1825: five young, free black boys fall into the clutches of the most fearsome gang of kidnappers and slavers in the United States. Lured onto a small ship with the promise of food and pay, they are instead met with blindfolds, ropes, and knives. Over four long months, their kidnappers drive them overland into the Cotton Kingdom to be sold as slaves. Determined to resist, the boys form a tight brotherhood as they struggle to free themselves and find their way home.

Their ordeal—an odyssey that takes them from the Philadelphia waterfront to the marshes of Mississippi and then onward still—shines a glaring spotlight on the Reverse Underground Railroad, a black market network of human traffickers and slave traders who stole away thousands of legally free African Americans from their families in order to fuel slavery’s rapid expansion in the decades before the Civil War.

The lecture, hosted virtually on Zoom, is free and open to the public, though donations are appreciated to support Linden Place’s educational programming. Registration is required.
For more information and to register for the Zoom link please call Linden Place at 253-0390 or e-mail
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Last Updated3/24/2022
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