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From Cameron Plantation to Cameron Place: The Making of a Black Homeland in Alabama, February 22

Join author and professor Sydney Nathans as he discusses his book A Mind to Stay: White Plantation, Black Homeland. The talk will take place Wednesday, February 22, at 5:30 p.m., in the Pleasants Family Assembly Room at UNC’s Wilson Special Collections Library.

Cover of Sydney Nathans’s book

Nathans, professor emeritus of history at Duke University, used thousands of letters held in Wilson Library’s Southern Historical Collection to recount a remarkable history.

In 1844, planter Paul Cameron sent slaves to labor on his Alabama cotton plantation. Following Emancipation, those same people became owners of the land, which remains in their families today.

Through their story, Nathans illuminates the meaning of land and landowning—first to the planter who bought the land in 1844, then to the emancipated African Americans who chose to stay rather than leave, and finally to the generation that fought to make their homeland fully free.

The event is free and open to the public. It is hosted by the UNC Friends of the Library.


From Cameron Plantation to Cameron Place: The Making of a Black Homeland in Alabama

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
5:30 p.m.
Wilson Special Collections Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Free and open to the public
Information: Liza Terll, Friends of the Library, (919) 548-1203

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