Katharine Gerbner, Slavery in the Quaker World: Philadelphia and Barbados

April 10, 2019 - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

$15 General Admission; $10 General Members and Students (with ID); Free for Museum Circle Members

In partnership with Stenton and the National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Quakers have long been hailed as heroes of the abolitionist movement. Friends like Anthony Benezet and John Woolman worked tirelessly to convince other whites to abolish slavery and embrace liberty for all. Yet, historian Katharine Gerbner argues that this is only part of the story when it comes to Quakers and slavery. When William Penn founded the colony of Pennsylvania, he and other Quaker merchants relied on trade - including trading enslaved people - from Barbados, where thousands of Quakers lived and owned other human beings. Quaker founder George Fox, meanwhile, was radical in his vision that blacks and whites were spiritual equals, but he did not argue for abolition. Join Gerbner, professor at University of Minnesota, to explore the early history of Quakers and slavery in connection to the development of our modern concept of race in her recent book, Christian Slavery: Conversion and Race in the Protestant Atlantic World (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018).

This evening talk and book signing is presented in partnership with Stenton and the National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, an organization of women that actively promotes an appreciation of America's national heritage through historic preservation, education, and service. The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has administered Stenton as an historic house museum since 1899. Stenton is the 1730 country estate of James Logan, Secretary to William Penn. It is located in historic Stenton Park, at 4601 North 18th Street, just 4 blocks east of Wayne Junction. Stenton welcomes visitors from April through December, Tuesday to Saturday, 1-4 PM.  For more information, phone 215-329-7312 or visit www.stenton.org.    

Members of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America and the Museum’s Revolution Society and Museum Circle donors are invited to join a complimentary reception with the author at 5:15 – 6:00 pm. RSVP is required to Julia Shaver, Development Coordinator, at jshaver@amrevmuseum.org or 267.579.3471.