John F. Baker Jr., author and descendant of The Washingtons of Wessyngton Plantation - One Family's Journey to Freedom, will speak at Willard Library, 21 First Avenue, Evansville, Indiana, Saturday, 7 February 2009 at 1:00 p.m.
Mr. Baker's book is the culmination of more than 30 years of research. The Wessyngton Plantation in middle Tennessee held as many as 274 slaves by the mid 1800s. The births, deaths and families of generations were documented in the plantation's extensive records. With additional research from archives, DNA, and interviews, Mr. Baker shares his personal journey of discovery in a story of survival and family while presenting a fresh insight into the institution of slavery and its ongoing legacy today.
The Washingtons of Wessyngton Plantation has just been published and has already been declared "the most exciting work on African American history since Roots."
Reservations for this event are requested, but not required. Call Willard Libary, 812-425-4309, or email firstname.lastname@example.org There is no charge for admission.