Slavery, the Courts, and the Underground Railroad
Thursday, November 15, 2007 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
at Indiana State Library
140 N. Senate Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46204

Special Venue Instructions: Enter at 315 West Ohio Street. Free parking available in the Indiana Historical Society lot at New York and West Streets Tell gatekeeper you are attending a Spirit & Place event at the State Library.

Humanities, Religion
Event Format:
Discussion, Lecture, Q & A Session
Adult of all ages, Seniors, Young adults (18-40), Youth (middle/high school)
Paul Finkelman

Event Description:

Hoosiers responded to slavery with debate, violence, and sacrifice. Some helped escaping slaves while others helped slave owners—each acting generously within their own moral, spiritual, and civic perspectives. Criminal and civil court cases provide fascinating evidence on the history of slavery and the Underground Railroad. Professor Paul Finkelman, the President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy at Albany Law School, will debunk many myths about the Underground Railroad and discuss the complexity of the fight for and against slavery in Indiana and the United States in the 19th century. Q&A will follow. Admission is free. Presented by the Indiana Historical Bureau; Indiana State Library; Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology; Indiana Freedom Trails, Inc.; and Indiana Supreme Court.


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