Tuesday February 10, 2015
6:30 PM until 8:15 PM
Until recently forgotten and obscure, Frances Drake was a courageous fighter for the cause to end slavery. Even more unsettling to many of her Leominster, Massachusetts contemporaries was her ardent stand for gender equality. Not only did Mrs. Drake welcome to her home some of the most famous abolitionists, but she helped free the first fugitive captured in New England under the new fugitive slave law of 1850. Why then has she been largely ignored for nearly a century while her hometown celebrates the folklore of Johnny Appleseed? Come and learn how these two very different stories were developed and communicated through the years.
This program is part of Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area’s “Author Conversation” series. Visit freedomsway.org to learn about upcoming programs and events.