Madison resident Don Rankin will chronicle the development of slavery in the United States, the origins of the underground railroad, and the role of his ancestor, the Reverend John Rankin of Ripley, Ohio, in aiding more than 2000 slaves on their journeys to freedom. The talk will be held in the Scranton Memorial Library Community Room.
In 2013, Don spoke at the induction ceremony of his ancestor into the National Abolitionist Hall of Fame. The heroic efforts of Reverend Rankin, John P. Parker, and William Lloyd Garrison featured prominently in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s book, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. The talk, offered from the perspective of someone with biracial ties, will conclude with an open forum where participants can discuss racism and how we can work collectively to mitigate it.
Don will engage listeners with thought-provoking questions that transcend race and gender. We hope you will join us for this timely discussion.
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