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Talk on Slavery & Racism

Madison resident Don Rankin will chronicle the development of slavery in the United States, the origins of the underground railroad, and the role of his ancestor, the Reverend John Rankin of Ripley, Ohio, in aiding more than 2000 slaves on their journeys to freedom. The talk will be held in the Scranton Memorial Library Community Room.

In 2013, Don spoke at the induction ceremony of his ancestor into the National Abolitionist Hall of Fame. The heroic efforts of Reverend Rankin, John P. Parker, and William Lloyd Garrison featured prominently in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s book, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. The talk, offered from the perspective of someone with biracial ties,  will conclude with an open forum where participants can discuss racism and how we can work collectively to mitigate it.

Don will engage listeners with thought-provoking questions that transcend race and gender. We hope you will join us for this timely discussion.

Click here to register with the library for this informative lecture.

E.C. Scranton Memorial Library

Located in the heart of downtown Madison, the Scranton Memorial Library is a community center for lifelong learning and exploration. Along with our continuously updated collection of books and audiovisual materials, we provide free computer access and wifi, early-literacy and discovery classes for children, programs and volunteer opportunities for teens, lecture series and musical performances for adults, monthly art exhibits, and free meeting space for community organizations.

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