Juneteenth, or June 19, marks the day the Emancipation Proclamation was read to African-Americans in Texas, the last of the former Confederate states to hear it read, in 1865 – thus officially ending slavery. To honor the occasion, Westport Museum has a special Live Author Talk on Zoom 5 to 5:30 p.m. today with theater professor and playwright Kyle Bass. He’ll discuss his play “Possessing Harriet,” the story of Harriet Powell, an enslaved woman traveling with her captors from the South to upstate New York, who finds refuge in the home of abolitionist Gerrit Smith. There she meets his young cousin, Elizabeth Cady (later suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton). Bass will also discuss his play in progress about his ancestors Tim and Lill Bennett, who were enslaved in the Compo Road South home of Capt. Joseph Bennett and emancipated in 1799.
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