Virtual Panel Discussion on Between Freedom and Equality
|Leesburg, VA (February 27, 2022) – On Wednesday, February 16, beginning at 1 p.m. EST, Thomas Balch Library will present a virtual panel discussion on Between Freedom and Equality with authors Barbara Boyle Torrey and Clara Myrick Green and family members James Fisher and Tanya Gaskins Hardy.
Between Freedom and Equality begins with the life of Captain George Pointer, an enslaved African who purchased his freedom in 1793 while working for George Washington’s Potomac Company. It follows six generations of his descendants as they lived and worked on the banks of the Potomac River, in the port of Georgetown, and in a rural corner of the nation’s capital.
By tracing the story of one family and their experiences, Between Freedom and Equality offers a moving and inspiring look at challenges free African Americans have faced in Washington, DC, since the District’s founding.