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Durham County Library Hosts Talk on Slave Runaways in North Carolina

Program: A Little Freedom: Slave Runaways in North Carolina, 1775-1840
Date: Monday, October 28
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Cost: Free and open to the public

About: Durham County Library will host Dr. Freddie Parker for a talk on runaway slaves in North Carolina at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 28, at the Main Library, 300 North Roxboro St. Parker is the author of Running for Freedom: Slave Runaways in NC, 1775-1840 and Stealing a Little Freedom: Advertisements for Slave Runaways in NC, 1791-1840.

According to Parker, there is a misconception that enslaved people were passive and accepting of their lot in life, when in fact there were many acts of resistance. Running away was the riskiest of these acts, with runaways often leaving family and facing the harshest of punishments if caught. Using ads for runaways and other sources, Parker explores some of these stories of courage and daring.

Parker is a member of the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History, the Organization of American Historians and the Southern Historical Association. Parker received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in History from NCCU in 1975 and 1977 respectively, and the Ph.D. in American History from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1987.

This program is sponsored by Durham Library Foundation. For more information, contact Joanne Abel at 919-560-0268 or visit

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

Contact: Gina Rozier
919-560-0151 or


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