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Explore the Story of Charles Mitchell, an Antebellum Slave in Washington Territory

Humanities Washington is honored to share Slavery in the Northwest: The Charles Mitchell Story, a presentation exploring one of the few documented cases of slavery in our state’s history.

Mitchell was brought to Washington Territory in 1853 and soon tried to escape to the north. His quest for freedom almost brought the U.S. and Canada to blows. Mitchell’s story is brought to life by gifted storyteller Eva Abram, a member of the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau.

Eva allowed us to film her recent presentation at The Summit at First Hill in Seattle, and we hope that Washingtonians everywhere will experience this powerful story from our past. Please feel free to share this video: Facebook it, embed it on your own website, screen it in a classroom.

Eva will also be performing The Charles Mitchell Story live throughout February. These presentations – which provide an opportunity for important community conversations – are all free and open to the public. Join her:

Feb. 6: Centralia
Feb. 12: Bellingham and Ferndale
Feb. 13: Longview
Feb. 15: Seattle
Feb. 19: Issaquah
Feb. 21: Richland
Feb. 26: Lakewood
Feb. 27: Renton
Feb. 28: Olympia

Not coming to your area? Eva – and all members of the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau – are available for low-cost bookings by nonprofit organizations anywhere in the state. Learn how at Humanities.org.

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