Save the Date — Juneteenth! 

The Bemis Lecture Series
The Lincoln Historical Society
invite you to a special presentation

Slavery in Lincoln, Massachusetts:
Reckoning with Our Past, Planning for a More Honest and Inclusive Future

Elise Lemire
Author of Black Walden

Saturday, June 19, 2021
4 – 5 PM

Juneteenth, or June Nineteenth, celebrates the nation’s second, but no less important, independence day, when federal troops arrived in Texas in 1865 to ensure that all of the people enslaved there were freed.

In celebration of this day, the Bemis Lecture Series and the Lincoln Historical Society, will host, in a virtual event, Elise Lemire, author of Black Walden: Slavery and Its Aftermath in Concord, Massachusetts (2009; 2019 with a new preface).

Professor Lemire grew up in Lincoln on land once tended and tilled by men and women enslaved by Lincoln’s wealthiest land-owner.  Lemire credits Lincoln’s history for sparking her interest in how Lincoln and its neighboring town of Concord were indelibly shaped by slavery.  Professor Lemire will recount the history of slavery in Lincoln and Concord and discuss how Lincoln might make this history more visible in the local landscape as a means of beginning to address the complicated truths of the town’s colonial past.

Elise Lemire is Professor of Literature at Purchase College, the State University of New York, and she is a two-time fellowship recipient from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  She is also the author of the just released Battle Green Vietnam: The 1971 March on Concord, Lexington, and Boston.

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

A limited number of the 2019 edition of Black Walden, signed by Elise Lemire, will be available through the Lincoln Historical Society following the event.

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