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October 11, 2014


Searching for the Life of Harriet Hemings

Dr. Catherine Kerrison
Sometime in 1822 Harriet Hemings (the second of Sally Hemings' children) left Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, boarded a stagecoach to Philadelphia and all but disappeared. Fifty years later, her brother Madison Hemings talks of Harriet passing as white. Her identity as a fugitive slave was never discovered in her lifetime. This talk follows her childhood, weighs her apparent choices and documents the detective work to locate a woman determined to disappear from the historical record. It uses images to imagine her life at Monticello and later in Philadelphia and Washington. This exploration of Jefferson's families—both white and black—tells a larger story of gender, race and citizenship

Catherine Kerrison teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Colonial and Revolutionary America, American Women's History, the History of Sexuality in America, Race and Gender at Monticello, and Historical Methodology at Villanova University. She has served as the Academic Director for Gender and Women's Studies. Kerrison holds a PhD from The College of William and Mary

This presentation is a program of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council supported in part by National Endowment for the Humanities. The Pennsylvania Humanities Council, a nonprofit organization, inspires individuals to enjoy and share a life of learning.

10:00 a.m.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Lecture Hall - Main Library
4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland

Free and open to the public. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.
Parking available in the Carnegie Library/Museum lot for $5.



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WPGS meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month from September through June (except December and January). There are also no WPGS public meetings in July and August.

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