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Revisiting William Wells Brown Timelines: 1b: Past Events (Unseen Archive)

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY 14203
Date: October 18, 2017
Time: 12:00–1:00 p.m.

Local historian Eva Doyle will discuss William Wells Brown (1814-1884), influential anti-slavery leader who lived in Buffalo from 1836-1845. Born into slavery in Kentucky, he escaped at the age of 20 and as a steamboat worker on Lake Erie, was active in the Underground Railroad in smuggling fleeing slaves to Canada. He became a prominent abolitionist lecturer during his time in Buffalo and a colleague of Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison at the 1843 Anti-Slavery Convention here. He also was a leader in the temperance movement, the first published African American playwright and novelist, and the most prolific Black literary figure in the mid-19th Century.