Vermont Humanities

Finding Jesse: A Fugitive from Slavery in Vermont

Orwell Free Library 473 Main St, Orwell, United States

“Finding Jesse: A Fugitive from Slavery in Vermont” traces Jesse’s life from enslavement in North Carolina to freedom in Vermont. His story is told through letters in the collection at Rokeby Museum and documents at the North Carolina State Archives. The illustrated talk brings the narrative of one slave out of anonymity and explores his life and pursuit of freedom.

Lucy Terry Prince: Witness, Voice, and Poetics within the American Tradition

Ilsley Public Library 75 Main St, Middlebury, VT, United States

Beginning with Vermonter Lucy Terry Prince, the first known African American poet in the U.S., poet Shanta Lee Gander explores creative lineage within poetics. Surveying the work of Phillis Wheatley, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Rita Dove, and slam poet Dominique Christina, Gander considers the poetic arc from the past to the modern moment.