Library Company of Philadelphia
Annual Juneteenth Freedom Seminar
Dr. Vanessa Holden
Enslaved Women, Rebellion, and Survival during Nat Turner's Uprising
Thursday, June 16, 2016
5:30 pm: Friends of the PAAH Reception
6:00 pm: Lecture & Discussion Led by Dr. Vanessa Holden
Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation (2016), which depicts the history of Nat Turner’s Rebellion, is one of this year’s most highly anticipated films. Join us for a lecture by Dr. Holden to learn about the untold stories of this pivotal event in American history before the film’s fall release.
Dr. Holden’s current book project is titled, Surviving Southampton: Gender, Community, Resistance and Survival During the Southampton Rebellion of 1831. In it, Dr. Holden explores the contributions that African American women and children, free and enslaved, made to the Southampton Rebellion of 1831, also called Nat Turner’s Rebellion. In addition to her work on enslaved women and slave rebellion, Dr. Holden also co-organizes the Queering Slavery Working Group with Jessica Marie Johnson (MSU) and conducts research on same-gender loving enslaved people in the American antebellum period.
Dr. Holden received her PhD in African American and Women’s and Gender History from Rutgers University. She is now an assistant professor of African American and American History at Michigan State University.
The Program in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia hosts an annual Juneteenth Freedom Seminar, which serves as a recognition of Juneteenth—one of the oldest known celebrations commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.