The Anderson Public Library will be hosting two special history presentations in February in celebration of African American History Month. Join us for these great presentations:
Tuskegee Airmen Presentation
Listen to the stories and experiences about the Tuskegee Airmen as told by Ron Spriggs, award winning oral historian, keynote speaker and curator of Tuskegee Airmen history.
Ron is an 8-year U.S. Air Force Vietnam era veteran, who comes from Lexington, Kentucky, to tell of the exploits and accomplishments of the first colored aerial combat unit of WWII, the 332nd Fighter Group. He explains how the Tuskegee Airmen over came racism of the Jim Crow era in America, while gallantly fighting for America, to defeat the Axis Powers of Europe.
You will learn at least 10, 15 or more things about America’s black aviation pioneers and of the legacy of these “Gladiators of the Skies.”
Presented by: Ron Spriggs, Exec. Dir., RSETA
Saturday, February 23rd at 2pm
Charlotte Dupuy Chautauqua
Called a Chautauqua, this presentation will follow the life of Charlotte Dupuy (played by Elizabeth Lawson) who was born in 1787 in Cambridge, Maryland, to George and Rachel Stanley who were enslaved. At the age of eight, Charlotte was sold for $100 and forced to leave her family.
Ten years later, Charlotte was brought to Kentucky and registered as a slave. While in Lexington, she met and married Aaron Dupuy, who was enslaved by Henry Clay and his wife, Lucretia. Charlotte was sold to the Clay family, allowing her and Aaron to live as husband and wife. Charlotte spent her time with the Clay family carrying out household chores and caring for the Clay’s children, as well as raising her own two.
In 1825, the clay family moved to Washington, DC, as Henry Clay served as Secretary of State. While there, Charlotte found a lawyer who filed papers for her and her children, suing for their freedom.
Thursday, February 28th at 6pm
Both presentations are free to attend and registration is not required.