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Fugitive Slave Who Became First Black Man Elected to N.C. Legislature to be Subject of March 7 Lecture

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Abraham Galloway and the Slaves’ Civil War
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Wilson Special Collections Library
5:30 p.m. Program | Pleasants Family Assembly Room
Free and open to the public
Information: Liza Terll, Friends of the Library, (919) 548-1203

The life of one of the most significant black leaders in the South during the Civil War will be the subject of a lecture Thursday, March 7 in the Wilson Special Collections Library.

Historian David S. Cecelski will discuss his new book, The Fire of Freedom: Abraham Galloway and the Slaves’ Civil War (UNC Press, 2012). The book tells the thrilling life story of Galloway, a runaway slave and staunch abolitionist who served as a Union spy and recruiter during the war.

The 5:30 p.m. event, sponsored by the North Carolina Collection, the Stone Center Library for Black Culture and History, and the Friends of the Library, is free and open to the public.

Born in Brunswick County, North Carolina, Galloway advocated for equal rights for African Americans, organized a Freedman’s Convention in Raleigh, and became one of the first black men to serve in the North Carolina legislature.

Cecelski has served three times as the Lehman Brady joint chair in Documentary Studies and American Studies at UNC and Duke. He is the author of The Waterman’s Song: Slavery and Freedom in Maritime North Carolina (UNC Press, 2001) and co-editor of Democracy Betrayed: The Wilmington Race Riot of 1898 and Its Legacy (UNC Press, 1998).

Books will be available for sale and signing, courtesy of the Bull’s Head Bookshop.

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