“All in a Blaze”: The Story of African-American Freedom-Fighters in Edinburgh

“All in a Blaze”: The Story of African-American Freedom-Fighters in Edinburgh

New Edinburgh World Heritage Lecture on 29 October | Tickets now on sale

Last year’s ‘Strike for Freedom’ exhibition at the National Library brought to the public’s attention for the first time the remarkable story of anti-slavery campaigner Frederick Douglass and his time in Edinburgh. We are delighted that the curator of the exhibition, Professor Celeste-Marie Bernier, will give our Black History Month lecture this year on the little-known story of 19th-century African American authors and activists who had links to the city.

Professor Bernier is Personal Chair in English Literature and Professor of United States and Atlantic Studies at the University of Edinburgh. She will be signing copies of her biography of Frederick Douglass and his family If I Survive after the lecture. The publication maps the activism and writing career of Frederick Douglass and his sons, and contains full colour facsimile reproductions of over 80 previously unpublished speeches, letters, autobiographies and photographs.

Date: Tuesday 29 October 2019
Start time: 6pm
Lecture venue: Auditorium, Carrubbers Centre, 65 High Street, Edinburgh.
Duration: The lecture will run for around an hour, followed by a 45-minute reception for members of Edinburgh World Heritage at Trinity Apse.
Tickets are available on Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/321cEUn