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Program will focus on slavery narratives

By Staff Reports
Published in News on January 27, 2010 1:46 PM

The Wayne County Public Library will host the Road Scholar program, "Slave Voices in North Carolina," Saturday, Feb. 6, at 1 p.m.

Dr. Lucinda MacKethan, emerita professor of English at N.C. State University, will present personal narratives, letters, poetry and interviews of North Carolina slaves and discuss how these works fill in a lost or often distorted picture of slavery in the state before the Civil War.

The audience will be given a realistic picture of how North Carolina slaves lived, worked, created families, worshipped and sometimes escaped from bondage.

Dr. MacKethan has taught college courses in American, Southern, and African-American literature and culture, and is an award-winning academic scholar with numerous author and editor credentials.

She is currently at work on a book-length work on the intertwined lives of slaves and masters in the old South.

The program was made possible by a grant fromthe North Carolina Humanities Council.