Looking for Celia, Looking for America | Newberry

Looking for Celia, Looking for America

Thursday, October 11, 2012
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Thursdays, October 11 – December 6 (class will not meet November 22)

6 – 7:30 pm

Led by Brooke Heagerty
This seminar has been cancelled.

What can we learn about our history from the story of one young slave woman? Celia was in bondage in Missouri when, in 1855, she killed Robert Newsom, her owner. According to Celia’s testimony, Newsom had raped her repeatedly. By drawing on secondary sources, primary documents, and genealogical research, we will study Celia’s story and her world, illuminating our nation’s struggle with slavery and its legacies.

Brooke Heagerty holds a Ph.D. in history and is writing a book about Celia and the legacies of slavery in the United States.

Materials List
McLaurin, Melton. Celia, A Slave. Avon Books, 1999. ISBN: 0380803364
Course packet, to be purchased in class.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and Registration Information 

Eight sessions, $190