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May Biography Book Club

Updated: May 24

Book cover for Prudence Crandall's Legacy by Donald Williams


Wednesday May 22nd




Lehman Library


The Biography Book Group appreciates reading and reviewing memoirs and biographies. We enjoy fellowship and an informal discussion about our readings. You are welcome to join us for any books that interest you.

Join us in the Lehman Library at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, to talk about Prudence Crandall’s Legacy: The Fight for Equality in the 1830s, Dred Scott, and Brown v. Board of Education by Donald E. Williams Jr. We will remember Connecticut’s struggle with equality for black people and the long road to acceptance of people of color in this biography.

“When Prudence Crandall, a Canterbury, Connecticut schoolteacher, accepted a black woman as a student, she unleashed a storm of controversy that catapulted her to national notoriety, and drew the attention of the most significant pro- and anti-slavery activists of the early nineteenth century. The Connecticut state legislature passed its infamous Black Law in an attempt to close down her school. Crandall was arrested and jailed—but her legal legacy had a lasting impact. Crandall v. State was the first full-throated civil rights case in U.S. history.” –


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