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Christopher Bonner is Associate Professor of History at the University of Maryland. He is author of Remaking the Republic: Black Politics and the Creation of American Citizenship (2020).

Moses Grandy's Pursuits of Freedom

Moses Grandy (c. ~1786 – unknown) was an African-American author, abolitionist, and, for more than the first four decades of his life, an enslaved person. At eight years of age, he became the property of his white playmate, James Grandy. During his life, he had witnessed beatings and sales of family members, including his first bride, only eight months after their marriage. Once he obtained his freedom, he worked to make money to free his wife and children. He was able to secure the release of his wife and 15-year-old son. He dictated a narrative of his life, Narrative of the Life of Moses Grandy, Late a Slave in the United States of America, to buy the freedom of additional family members.

Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at 5:00pm

College of Liberal Arts, 4310
Towson University, 8000 York Rd, Towson, MD 21252, USA

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Arts & Culture, Lectures, Open to the Public, Academics, Virtual


Academic Affairs, History (Department of)

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Students, Faculty, General Public, Staff, Alumni



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