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July 2018

FIVE FOR FREEDOM comes to Fauquier County, Virginia

July 11 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Much of my research for FIVE FOR FREEDOM: The African American Soldiers  in  John Brown's Army took place in Fauquier County, now known for its horse farms and vineyards but once part of the  plantation South dependent on slave labor.  Dangerfield Newby, one of the five, was from here.  Osborne Perry Anderson's uncle was born here.  My "One Bright Hope" chapter shines a light on this county in the Commonwealth of Virginia just an hour from the nation's capital.  The…

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Five for Freedom comes to the Lewes, Del. Public Library

July 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

I will be speaking with readers of FIVE FOR FREEDOM: The African American Soldiers in John Brown's Army  at the Lewes, Delaware Public Library on the afternoon of July 18.  I look forward to a lively discussion of their story and what it means for us today.  They died to liberate their enslaved families and others.  It is very much a part of history that still resonates.

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August 2018

FIVE FOR FREEDOM Comes to Oasis at Montgomery Mall

August 1 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Oasis at Montgomery Mall Bethesda,MD20817United States + Google Map

Learn about the five African Americans who were with John Brown at the raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859. He'll describe the world in which they grew up, how they came together at that fateful time and place, and the aftermath, including the lasting impact on generations of descendants. It is a story from the past that resonates in the present. Meyer will also talk about his research, his discoveries and the very human side of his journey.

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FIVE FOR FREEDOM Comes to Frederick, Maryland

August 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
National Museum of Civil War Medicine, 48 East Patrick Street
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FIVE FOR FREEDOM Comes to Chicago!

August 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Book Cellar, 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave
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On Wednesday evening, Aug. 22, I'll be at The Book Cellar, Chicago's premium indie North Side book store, to talk about FIVE FOR FREEDOM and the five African Americans in John Brown's Army, treated as footnotes if at all and for far too long overshadowed by their towering, martyred leader. My book tells the whole story, for the first time, of these five brave men who dedicated and in the case of four gave their lives to the abolitionist cause. …

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September 2018

FIVE FOR FREEDOM Comes to Busboys & Poets

September 6 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Busboys & Poets, 14th and V Streets NW
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I'm pleased to be bringing the story of FIVE FOR FREEDOM: The African American Soldiers in John Brown's Army to Busboys & Poets' original location at 14th and V Streets NW, in the heart of DC's transformed lower 14th Street corridor--and also part of the burgeoning U Street Corridor. This event is co-sponsored by the Washington Independent Review of Books and Journal-isms. Fittingly, Busboys & Poets takes its name from American poet Langston Hughes, who worked as a busboy at the…

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History Book Festival: Save the Date!

September 28 - September 29

I'm pleased and honored to have been selected as one of 20 authors to speak at the second annual History Book Festival, in Lewes, Delaware on Sept. 28-29, 2018.  I will be discussing FIVE FOR FREEDOM: The African American Soldiers in John Brown's Army. My third and newest book will be published this spring and has already garnered advance praise. Details for Lewes will be posted soon. For information about the 2017 event, click here.

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October 2018

Book talk and signing, Woodstock, N.Y.

October 6 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

I'll be signing and speaking about my new book Five for Freedom: The African Americans in John Brown's Army at Golden Notebook, an indie bookstore in Woodstock, New York.   

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Harpers Ferry Weekend

October 13 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia Harpers Ferry,WV25425United States + Google Map

I will be signing my book FIVE FOR FREEDOM and speaking about the five African Americans with John Brown during the raid on Oct. 16-17, 1859 -- the world into which they were born and grew up, how they came to join him at this fateful time and place, the aftermath of the abortive effort to incite a slave insurrection, the raiders' descendants and how this story from the past continues to resonate in the present.  It is an American…

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Five for Freedom comes to Potomac!

October 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Potomac MD + Google Map

I will be speaking to friends of friends in Potomac on Sunday evening, Oct. 14, about FIVE FOR FREEDOM: The African American Soldiers in John Brown's Army.  While this is a closed event, I welcome the opportunity to speak to similar small groups in the weeks and months ahead about this important part of our history, a story from the past that rresonates in the present.  Feel free to contact me through this website.

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