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African American Search for Family Lost in Slavery Is Topic of Lecture on Nov. 13

Heather Williams event flier

Help Me to Find My People
Book Talk by Heather Williams
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012
Wilson Special Collections Library
5 p.m. | Document display
5:30 p.m. | Program
Free and open to the public
Information: Liza Terll, Friends of the Library, (919) 548-1203

Author Heather Williams will discuss her book Help Me to Find My People: The African American Search for Family Lost in Slavery on Nov. 13 in Wilson Library.

Williams uses slave narratives, letters, interviews, and diaries—including materials from the Southern Historical Collection in Wilson Library—to tell the story of enslaved and free African Americans who sought to reunite with their families before and after Emancipation.

The free public program will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Pleasants Family Assembly Room. Starting at 5 p.m., visitors can view a display of documents from the Southern Historical Collection, including letters from enslaved men and women.

Williams is an associate professor of history at UNC. The New York Times Book Review named Help Me to Find My People an Editor’s Choice and called Williams “the rare scholar who writes history with such tenderness that her words can bring a reader to tears.”

The Southern Historical Collection, Friends of the Library, and the Stone Center Library for Black Culture and History are jointly sponsoring the program.

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