Barracoon: Book Discussion with publisher Tracy Sherrod

October 24th, 2018

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Part of WHS’ Remembered Series in connection with the Remembered exhibition…


In 1927, Zora Neale Hurston traveled to Plateau, Alabama, to visit eighty-six-year-old Cudjo Lewis, a survivor of the Clotilda, the last slaver known to have made the transatlantic journey. Illegally brought to the United States, Mr. Lewis was enslaved fifty years after the slave trade was outlawed. At the time, Mr. Lewis was one of a few people alive who could recount life in Africa, events surrounding his capture, the Middle Passage, enslavement in America, and Emancipation–an integral part of the nation’s history.

Join Barracoon’s publisher Tracy Sherrod for a lively discussion of the journey Hurston undertook, her struggles to publish her unique work and Sherrod’s own work with Amistad, the multicultural imprint of Harper Collins publisher. Copies of the book will be available for sale after the discussion.


Online pre-registration $8 for members, $12 for non-members. At the door $10 suggested admission for members, $15 for non-members. $5 for students with ID.  No charge for children 12 and under. Reservations are recommended, register online here or call (203) 222-1424 x5. Tickets are nonrefundable. In the event you must cancel, we will consider your purchase a donation and will happily issue you a donation receipt.


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