Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Paul Jennings Came Alive for Us

Last Friday night, our annual Speaker Series kicked-off with an amazing presentation by Elizabeth Dowling Taylor, author of the New York Times Bestseller, A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons. We are grateful that Elizabeth accepted our invitation ... and to all who attended!

Paul Jennings came alive for us. 

A three year labor of love, requiring much commitment and research (right down to the details of the weather on specific days in history), Dowling Taylor introduced us to:

~ Paul Jennings, the longtime slave of the Madisons

~ Paul Jennings as a man pursuing his freedom - once having freedom at his fingertips then taken away, resulting in more years of slavery.

~ Paul Jennings as the free man trying to help enslaved people to freedom

~ Paul Jennings the author - having written the first autobiography by a person who had lived in the White House

Dowling Taylor also shared about meeting a descendant of Paul Jennings and learning more intimate details about this man's life, death, and burial. Her journey with Jennings has taken her far and wide, honoring the life and legacy of this courageous and determined man - to the White House under the current administration and most recently, to Sotterley Plantation.

We have a limited number of signed copies of A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons available for purchase at the Sotterley Museum Shop.

Because of the ongoing generosity of The Boeing Company, dedicated to promoting education and the arts within the Southern Maryland community, the Speaker Series at Sotterley is free to the public. Please visit www.sotterley.org for complete information about our upcoming Speaker Series events for 2012!

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