Lakewood Library presents the history of slavery in the Northwest

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lwd-blue-sign_300x200A compelling story will bring to life the history of slavery in the Northwest during a free event at Lakewood Pierce County Library, on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 6:30 p.m.

Storyteller Eva Abram will share the history of one of the few documented cases of slavery in this state’s history. Through Charles Mitchell’s story, the discussion will explore how moving to Washington affected peoples’ opinions on slavery.

Mitchell, who was born a slave, came to Washington Territory in 1853. A tempest was building and citizens all over the state had opinions about a possible Civil War, influencing their views of Mitchell’s status as a slave. In this climate, Mitchell made a break for freedom – and his actions nearly started a war between the U.S. and Canada.

Humanities Washington and FRIENDS of Lakewood Library sponsor this free event.

The Lakewood Pierce County Library is located at 6300 Wildaire Road S.W. in Lakewood, Washington.

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