January 2013 is the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, and February is Black History Month. On Monday, January 28th, 2013, come to the main library to learn the little-known story of Beverly’s 18th- and 19th-century black families. By examining town and court records, deeds, letters, and memoirs, historian Terri McFadden has pieced together fascinating facts about this early population in Beverly. Terri will talk about what life was like for the individuals represented in these town papers, with particular focus on the Larcom-Thistle family who started out as slaves and “claimed their freedom” during the American Revolution.
This “Monday Mornings” lecture begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Sohier Room at the main library, 32 Essex Street. Light refreshments will be served at 9 a.m. The program is free and open to the public. Registration not required. The library is handicapped accessible. For more information, please call 978-921-6062 or email email@example.com.