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February 19-program, Why Wench Betty’s Story Matters: The Murder of a NJ Slave in 1784- with Sue Kozel
February 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmFree
On February 19, 2020 a program in recognition of African American History month will be held in the Level 2 Reading room from noon to 1 p.m. The program, Why Wench Betty’s Story Matters: The Murder of a NJ Slave in 1784, is funded by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.
How does exploring the 1784 murder and subsequent court proceedings of a slave, Wench Betty, provide insight into the lives of enslaved African Americans during the early American Republic? In this program, Sue Kozel will educate participants about the state of slavery in New Jersey at the time of Wench Betty’s death and, through an examination of court documents and slave records, participants will more deeply understand more about Wench Betty’s life and all the ways it mattered.
Sue Kozel has spent her life addressing uncomfortable questions related to power and equality. In 2020, she will be a residential fellow with the International Center for Jefferson Studies. Sue received a 2009 Mini-Grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission on research on Quaker abolitionist Richard Waln. This grant led to several American and international conference presentations and the publication of her first co-edited book, Quakers and their Allies in the Abolitionist Cause, 1754-1808. She currently teaches at Kean University, Mercer County Community College, and William Paterson University at Mercer.
All are welcome to this free program. Please RSVP to Cindy Warrick at firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-278-2640 ext. 172. For more information on other programs and classes at the State Library, please visit the events area of www.njstatelib.org.