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Abolitionists of Noyes Academy
January 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
American slavery divided not just the North from the South, but also northerners from each other. In the mid-1830s, the emergence of an aggressive national abolitionist movement provoked bitter blowback in the north—including a wave of mob violence against abolitionists. Canaan, N.H., became one of many New England flashpoints after abolitionists there opened what may have been the nation’s first integrated, co-educational, preparatory school. African-American students flocked to Noyes Academy but were soon driven out by the locals, who dragged the school building a half-mile from its lot and threatened the students with death.
Join historian Dan Billin for an illustrated lecture about the forgotten pro-slavery history of New England and the extraordinary careers of Alexander Crummell and Henry Highland Garnet, who rose past defeat in Canaan to pinnacles of international fame and influence. Presented by Jaffrey-Rindge MLK Committee. Sponsored by New Hampshire Humanities.
Painting by Mikel Wells.