Clarence Mitchell Library at HCC presents Black History Month program

Freeport, Illinois — Highland Community College’s Clarence Mitchell Library is presenting “A Glorious Cause: The Anti-Slavery Movement in Chicago from 1838-1860” for Black History Month. The event will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, February 26, 2018, in the Clarence Mitchell Library at Highland Community College. Guest speaker LeNie Adolphson will speak about the history of the Anti-Slavery Movement in Chicago in the antebellum era.

LeNie Adolphson is a native of Chicago and an instructor of history at Highland Community College. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and is pursuing her Ph.D. in history at Northern Illinois University.

Adolphson will share information from her recent research study on this topic. The study analyzes how Chicago activists responded to national and local developments occurring in the antebellum era. It provides an in-depth examination of the Chicago Anti-Slavery Society’s goals, methods, and procedures. This research contributes new knowledge to the historiography of Chicago’s abolitionist past and seeks to fill the vast gap within the existing scholarship.

The event is free and open to all audiences. The Clarence Mitchell Library is located on the second floor of the Marvin-Burt Liberal Arts Center at Highland Community College, 2998 W. Pearl City Road in Freeport, Ill. For more information, contact Laura Watson at 815.599.3456 or laura.watson@highland.edu.

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