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      The Monsters of Mount Vernon, Monticello & Michigan: Slave-Owning Founders in Highland Park


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      February 18, 2019

      Monday   6:00 PM

      71 Oakman Boulevard
      Highland Park, Michigan 48203

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      The Monsters of Mount Vernon, Monticello & Michigan: Slave-Owning Founders

      Presidents' Day - February 18th - honors two presidents - George Washington & Abraham Lincoln.The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is bringing an exhibit of Jefferson's plantation to the museum on March 15th.The musical 'Hamilton' is coming to the Fisher Theater on March 12th.The celebration of Michigan Statehood is January 26th.  What is wrong with this? George Washington was a slaveowner, who, in his lifetime, did as much as possible to prevent the ability of Africans from obtaining their freedom. Thomas Jefferson was a slaveowner of 600 Africans - one of whom he was raping.  When Michigan became US territory, William and Alexander Macomb were the largest slaveowners in Michigan. And there was slavery in Detroit too.  Join historian Jamon Jordan as he discusses how slavery was built into the foundation of the United States, and how slavery was a major part of the forming of Detroit, Michigan, and what that means for President's Day, for the Jefferson plantation exhibit scheduled to come to the Wright Museum, and for the musical 'Hamilton' which portrays Alexander Hamilton as a hero on the issue of slavery and freedom. Learn why it is important to understand how THAT history is connected to the present-day reality of African Americans throughout the country, within Michigan and inside Detroit. This is a fundraiser for Nandi's Knowledge Cafe'.  Please RSVP here, but bring a donation to the program for Nandi's. We recommend a donation of $5. 

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