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Abolition Symposium: James W. C. Pennington
October 21 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm| $5 - $75
James W. C. Pennington (1808-1870) was born in slavery in Maryland and although he was trained as a carpenter and a blacksmith, he was not taught to read or write. At the age of nineteen he escaped from slavery in an eight-day ordeal during which he was twice captured and twice escaped again. In 1829 Pennington attended and took part in the first Negro National Convention in Philadelphia. He would continue to be a leading figure in the Negro Convention.
This program was funded in part by a Humanities New York Action Grant.