Harriet Jacobs Alive (sort of)

Harriet Jacobs Alive (sort of)

An evening with Nikki O'Dell, who portrayed Harriet Jacobs in the PBS documentary Slavery and the Making of America.

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Mercy Street Is Returning!

Mercy Street Is Returning!

A month or so ago, I got a peek at episode #1 at a roundtable with the producer.

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Finding Descendants from Alexandria's Contraband and Freedmen Cemetery

Finding Descendants from Alexandria's Contraband and Freedmen Cemetery

Char McCargo Bah explained how she found descendants from among more than 1,750 people buried in Alexandria's Contraband and Freedmen Cemetery--who can now celebrate their ancestors, many of whom escaped slavery.

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Julia Wilbur's Alexandria: The "Slave Pen"

 On the first morning after the Union occupation of Alexandria, May 22, 1861, Michigan troops came upon what had been a flourishing slave-trading establishment on Duke Street, less than a mile from the Potomac River.

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Speak, Sister!

Music and storytelling were a huge part of the 19th century...

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Harriet Jacobs and Julia Wilbur: Two Other "Heroines"

With my own research in mind, I can't resist proposing Julia Wilbur and Harriet Jacobs as two other real-life heroines of Mercy Street.

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