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Solomon Northrup's America (Twelve Years a Slave)

February 17, 6:30 pm
Presented by Roy E. Finkenbine

Northup, a black man who was born free in New York, details his kidnapping in Washington, D.C., and subsequent sale into slavery. After having been kept in bondage for 12 years in Louisiana by various masters,Northup was able to write to friends and family in New York, who were in turn able to secure his release. Northup's account provides extensive details on the slave markets in Washington, D.C., and New Orleans and describes at length cotton and sugar cultivation on major plantations in Louisiana.

Roy E. Finkenbine is Professor of History and Director of the Black Abolitionist Archive at the University of Detroit Mercy.  He specializes in African American history and the Civil War era.  Among his publications are the five-volume Black Abolitionist Papers, 1830-1865 (1985-1992), Witness for Freedom: African American Voices on Race, Slavery, and Emancipation (1993), and Sources of the African American Past (1997, 2004).  He frequently consults with local history museums and was recently reappointed by Gov. Snyder to the Michigan Freedom Trail Commission. 

At present, he is writing a book tentatively titled Day of Reckoning; One Ex-Slave‚Äôs Quest for Freedom, Citizenship, and Reparations.  It was profiled in July 2012 in USA Today, the Washington Post, the London (England) Daily Mail, Huffington Post, and hundreds of other media outlets.

Genealogy Book Club

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Thursday, February 12, 2:00 pm

Join us as we discuss "Twelve Years a Slave" by Solomon Northrup.

Twelve Years a Slave (1853) is a memoir and slave narrative by Solomon Northup as told to and edited by David Wilson. Northup, a black man who was born free in New York, details his kidnapping in Washington, D.C., and subsequent sale into slavery. After having been kept in bondage for 12 years in Louisiana by various masters, Northup was able to write to friends and family in New York, who were in turn able to secure his release. Northup's account provides extensive details on the slave markets in Washington, D.C., and New Orleans and describes at length cotton and sugar cultivation on major plantations in Louisiana.

Genealogy Resources at Lyon Township Public Library

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Lyon Township Public Library is pleased to have one of the premiere genealogical research departments in SE Michigan. Local history and Michigan history are well represented in our materials, including scrapbooks of birth, marriage, and death records, a full collection of the South Lyon Herald on CD dating back to 1929, local cemetery indexes, records of Phillips Funeral Home in South Lyon, and local family histories. The library has a large collection of reference materials as well as books and videos available for loan. For those of you who want to share your genealogy experiences and learn along with other aspiring genealogists there is a Genealogy Club that meets monthly! Please come and explore what the library may have for you!

Cathy Cottone has been the Genealogist at the Lyon Township Public Library for over ten years. Cathy can help you get started on your own genealogy and family tree and give research advice. Cathy is available for personal consultation by appointment.  Click here to schedule an appointment.

Digital Microfilm Reader

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The LTPL has a dedicated Genealogy computer, with Genealogy databases and  a digital Microfilm Reader/Scanner.  Library customers may access the computer on a first come, first served basis, or may reserve the computer to guarantee it's availability.  

Family History Center Affiliate

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The Lyon Township Public Library is a Family History Center Affiliate.

Stop by to see how we can help you with your genealogy research needs.