The Fraunces Tavern Museum will host author Claire Bellerjeau for a talk about her new book Espionage and Enslavement in the Revolution (Lyons Press, 2021) on Thursday, July 8th.
Espionage and Enslavement in the Revolution is the true story of Robert Townsend and an enslaved woman from Oyster Bay named Elizabeth. In January 1785, Elizabeth was put on board the Lucretia in New York Harbor, bound for Charleston, where she would be sold to her fifth enslaver in just 22 years. She had no idea that Robert Townsend, a son of the family she was enslaved by, would locate her, safeguard her child, and return her to New York — nor how her story would help turn one of America’s first spies into an early abolitionist.
This lecture will take place via Zoom at 6:30 pm, and is free and open to the public. Registration is required and can be completed online.
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