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Book Talk: Virginia Waterways and the Underground Railroad

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Slover Library

235 East Plume Street

Norfolk, VA 23510

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Location: Room 650 Community Engagement Room

Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander currently serves as a professor of history and the director of the Joseph Jenkins Roberts Center for the African Diaspora at Norfolk State University will be presenting her new book Virginia Waterways and the Underground Railroad. This book documents how colonial to pre-1860s Virginia’s waterways were used by enslaved African Americans to escape bondage and find freedom elsewhere especially in Northern states. The book also shows how eighteenth-century and early nineteenth century Norfolk served as a critical junction in a runaway slave’s bid for freedom. Please join us to learn about this fascinating and important part of our region’s history! There will be a book signing after the talk.

Any questions, please call (757) 431-7429 or e-mail localhistory@norfolk.gov

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