Book cover for The Grimkes: The Legacy of Slavery in an American Family at left; headshot of Dr. Kerri Greenidge at right.

The Grimkes: The Legacy of Slavery in an American Family (Longfellow Fall 2022 Lecture Series

Thu December 1, 2022
6:00 PM ET

Thursday, December 1st
6:00-7:00 PM ET
115 Brattle Street
With Kerri K. Greenidge, PhD
Presented in partnership with the Royall House & Slave Quarters and Boston African American National Historic Site

The Fall 2022 lecture series concludes with a talk by Dr. Kerri Greenidge (Tufts University), discussing her newly released The Grimkes: The Legacy of Slavery in an American Family, cited by the New York Times as one of “15 Works of Nonfiction to Read This Fall.” Sarah and Angelina Grimke—the Grimke sisters—are revered figures in American history, famous for rejecting their privileged lives on a plantation in South Carolina to become firebrand activists in the North. Yet, retellings of their epic story have long obscured their Black relatives. In The Grimkes, award-winning historian Kerri Greenidge presents a parallel corrective narrative, shifting the focus from the white abolitionist sisters to the Black Grimkes and deepening our understanding of the long struggle for racial and gender equality. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.

Join Longfellow House staff at 5:00 PM for a tour on the history of abolition in connection with 105 Brattle Street. Tour space is limited to 8 people; sign up using the event registration link.

Note: Due to high demand, this event has been moved from 105 Brattle Street to 115 Brattle Street. Prospective attendees will be put on a waitlist, and a recording will be made available after the event.

2022 Longfellow Fall Lecture Series logo - Art

About the 2022 Fall Lecture Series
History Cambridge is proud to partner with our friends at Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters on their upcoming programming.

The Longfellow Fall Lecture Series takes place annually and is free and open to the public. Each talk features scholarly, poetic, or artistic work that broadens the context in which we understand the site’s history.

As Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site marks their 50th anniversary, this year’s series explores the site’s connections to art, scholarship, stewardship, and community.

Registration Required

The 2022 series will take place in person at 105 Brattle Street unless otherwise noted. Free and open to all; advance registration is required and attendance is limited to 38Click here to register for one or more events.