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August First: A West Indian Jubilee in America 

Sunday, November 5, 2017
1:00pm – 2:00pm

Storrs Campus
Biology/Physics Building, Room 130

The Connecticut State Museum of Natural History at UConn presents “August First: A West Indian Jubilee in America,” a lecture by Dr. Dexter J. Gabriel from UConn’s Department of History. The lecture will be held on Sunday, November 5th at 1 pm in the Biology/Physics Building, Room 130, UConn, Storrs, CT

On August 1, 1834, the British Abolition Act freed by proclamation 800,000 slaves in the West Indies. In the coming decades, August First—at times called West India Day—became one of the largest abolitionist celebrations in America. Black and white abolitionists throughout the Northern United States—from New England to the Midwest—commemorated the day as a triumph against slavery both at home and abroad, arguing that the success of freedom in the British West Indies foretold the success of freedom in America.

This program is free and advanced registration is not required. To contact the Museum, visit http://www.cac.uconn.edu/mnhcurrentcalendar.html or call 860-486-4460.

Contact:

david.colberg@uconn.edu

Connecticut State Museum of Natural History (primary), History Department, Office of Public Engagement, UConn Master Calendar

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