James Pennington, African American Abolitionist

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Where: Saratoga Springs History Museum, The Canfield Casino
Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust Program Series
James Pennington was illiterate when he escaped from slavery at the age of 19, but over time he became a school teacher, the first African-American student at Yale and helped desegregate the New York City street car system, among other notable achievements. 
As remarkable as the individual story of James Pennington is, it also sheds light on the critical years in which Americans were first challenged to imagine this country as more than a mono-racial society. 
Insisting that "I am an American to the backbone," Pennington and others resisted the efforts of the American Colonization Society to solve America's race problem by sending those of African descent "back to Africa," a continent most of them never knew.  This is a critical part of America's story and Christopher Webber's book, American to the Backbone, has won praise from reviewers for the way it tells the story.
Join us for a lecture about this fascinating man and his story by author Christopher Webber.
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