A group of people reading a book in one of the Carter's galleries.

Bookish: Washington Black

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Event Date

  • Thursday, June 29, 2023, 6–8 p.m.

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Event Description

Grab a drink and join us as we read Washington Black by Esi Edugyan. Eleven-year-old George Washington Black—or Wash—a field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation, is initially terrified when he is chosen as the manservant of his master’s brother. To his surprise, however, the eccentric Christopher Wilde turns out to be a naturalist, explorer, inventor, and abolitionist. Soon Wash is initiated into a world where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky, where even a boy born in chains may embrace a life of dignity and meaning, and where two people, separated by an impossible divide, can begin to see each other as human. Before we dive into discussion, Carter curator Maggie Adler will lead a tour of Emancipation: The Unfinished Project of Liberation.

Purchase Washington Black in the Carter Shop.

American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation may be provided during this event upon advance request.

Questions? Email or call 817.989.5013.

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Part of: Bookish