In 1835, abolitionists opened one of the nation's first integrated schools in Canaan, NH, attracting eager African-American students from as far away as Boston, Providence, and New York City. Outraged community leaders responded by raising a mob that dragged the academy building off its foundation and ran the African-American students out of town. The state's first experiment in educational equality was brief, but it helped launch the public careers of a trio of extraordinary African-American leaders: Henry Highland Garnet, Alexander Crummell, and Thomas Sipkins Sidney. In his illustrated presentation, Dan Billin plumbs the depths of anti-abolitionist sentiment in early 19th century New England, and the courage of three young friends destined for greatness.
This program is sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities and is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 pm.