February is Black History Month, a time to reflect on both the struggles of race and the tremendous achievements in the African American community. While the issues of race, color and equal rights still continue to affect communities worldwide, the history of black and white relations in our own hometown has come a long way since Lincoln’s pen opened the gateway to freedom in 1866. We can only move forward if we look back with a keen eye. Join local historian, author and former Filson staff member Peg Bogert this Thursday, February 16th at noon, as he explores the history of slavery in Kentucky and the effects of emancipation in Louisville.
With a deep knowledge of African American genealogy, Peg Bogert has an extensive background in the culture surrounding Kentucky’s slave story. Working as a Filson Reference Specialist for ten years, Bogert explored many aspects of local African American history including slavery, the slave trade, the Underground Railroad and music. Using this compiled research, Bogert will discuss topics pertinent to Kentucky’s role in slavery, focusing primarily on why the practice continued for so long, how the emancipation was celebrated in Louisville and the many challenges faced by newly freed slaves as they began their lives anew.
Take time out of your afternoon for a local dose of history and honor both the efforts and struggles of our community as we collectively explore the achievements of African Americans nationwide. Celebrate Black History Month with a nod to the past and engage in a thought-provoking discourse about how our history can further influence the progress of our future. Bogert’s presentation will begin at noon and is free and open to public; reservations are suggested.
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