Speaker to give presentation on fugitive slave

The Lycoming County Historical Society and the Lycoming County Genealogical Society will present jointly Catherine Kerrison, Pennsylvania Humanities Council, Commonwealth Speaker, as she reveals her research on “Searching for the life of Harriet Hemings,” at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Community Room of the Taber Museum, Lycoming County Historical Society.

Harriet Hemings, the second of Sally Hemings’ children, left Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and boarded a stage coach to Philadelphia, sometime in the 1820s.

Kerrison’s presentation follows Hemings’ childhood and documents the search to locate a woman determined to disappear.

So determined and successful was she that her identity as a fugitive slave was never discovered in her lifetime.

Kerrison is a professor of courses in colonial and revolutionary America, American women’s history, and race and gender at Monticello, and historical methodology at Villanova University.

The presentation, free and open to the public, is part of “Focus on the Underground Railroad,” a program of events and presentations arranged by the Muncy Historical Society and members of historical organizations of Lycoming County.

The presentation is a program of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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