Slavery Memorial Dedication Saturday

The sculpture is challenging and bold; the text, cringing. A formal dedication of the recently installed Slavery Memorial at Brown University will take place Saturday, with remarks by African-American sculptor Martin Puryear. The installation consists of the memorial itself — a half-buried 4.5 ton cast-iron ball and chain — and, standing separately, a short inscribed …

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Emancipation Proclamation Sesquicentennial

January 1st marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. The National Archives in Washington D.C. is hosting a series of events including Watch Night festivities and an opportunity to view the original document. A tradition began Dec. 31, 1862, as many black churches held Watch Night services, awaiting word that Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation would …

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Author Tony Horwitz At The Athenaeum Friday

Brown alum Tony Horwitz, author of Confederates in the Attic, Blue Latitudes, and A Voyage Long and Strange, will speak Friday about his latest work. Tony Horwitz joins us to talk about his new book Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid that Sparked the Civil War. John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry was a …

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Attention Whole Foods shoppers:

It’s about time we all agree to stop confusing the genteel with the progressive. This is out of The Independent: Whole Foods Market, which recently expanded into Britain with a store in London’s upmarket suburb of Kensington, has been discovered stocking tomatoes from one of the most notorious Florida sweatshop producers. Whole Foods ignored an …

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