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Spotlight Talk – The History of a Desk: John Cuming, Brister Freeman, and the Power of Writing

August 29 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Thomas Dugan Public History intern Jas Wheeler discusses Concord’s history of enslavement and self-emancipation by examining how Brister Freeman, a man enslaved by Colonel John Cuming, found personal liberty through service in the Revolutionary War. Using John Cuming’s desk and Brister Freeman’s muster rolls, Wheeler draws attention to how Americans leveraged the power of writing and documentation to both enslave and self-emancipate.

Free with Museum admission. No advanced registration is required.

Banner image: Block Front Desk. Concord Museum Collection, Gift of Cummings E. Davis; F1407.

The Thomas Dugan Internship in Public History is supported by Ralph Earle and Jane Mendillo and Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area.


Concord Museum
200 Lexington Rd
Concord, MA 01742 United States
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