AARP and Mystic Seaport Present: “Sailing to Freedom” Virtual Discussion 2/3/21 @1PM

Presentation with Mystic Seaport Museum Exhibit Director Elysa Engelman

Join AARP Connecticut, the Mystic Seaport Museum and attendees from across the U.S. for this FREE virtual tour. This event will take place on February 3 at 1:00pm ET | 12:00pm CT | 11:00am MT | 10:00am PT – AARP membership not required.

By the mid-nineteenth century an increasing number of enslaved people had fled northward along the Atlantic seaboard. While scholarship on the Underground Railroad has focused almost exclusively on overland escape routes from the antebellum South, many African Americans achieved their freedom by sea.

Join Mystic Seaport Museum’s Director of Exhibits Elysa Engelman, a contributor to a new volume on the topic entitled Sailing to Freedom for a fascinating presentation on the less-understood maritime side of the Underground Railroad, the role of a prominent Mystic family in the abolition movement, and specifically a well-publicized escape through New London county that was covered by newspapers up and down the Eastern seaboard.  

This will be a live talk and it includes a Q&A session.

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Another event with the Mystic Seaport will be held on 2/24/21. Please register separately.