February 28, 2014; Bellingham, WA -- Thursday, March 20 storyteller Eva Abram will share the history of one of the few documented cases of slavery in our state’s history at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall Rotunda Room at 12:30 PM. This special presentation, which tells the story of Charles Mitchell, is co-sponsored by Humanities Washington and Village Books.
Mitchell, who was born a slave, was brought to Washington Territory in 1853. A tempest was building and citizens all over the state had opinions about a possible Civil War, influencing their opinions about Mitchell’s status as a slave. In this climate, Mitchell made a break for freedom – and his actions nearly started a war between the U.S. and Canada. Abram examines how ideologies move geographically. The migration to Washington attracted Americans with different socioeconomic experiences from both Northern and Southern states. Did moving to Washington affect peoples’ opinions on slavery?
Abram uses her talents as an actress and storyteller to share American history from an African-American perspective.