On Monday, June 24 at 7:00pm, Dr. Lyra Monteiro, of the Rutgers University Department of History, will present a lecture titled Liberty’s Shadow: The Rise of Racism in the Abolitionist North, which will explore the growth of racism that accompanied emancipation in the United States. Dr. Monteiro specializes in public humanities, early United States history, and race and ethnic identity, and is the co-director of The Museum On Site.

This lecture is presented in conjunction with Emancipation and its Legacies, a traveling exhibit which was developed by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in partnership with the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and is curated by David W. Blight, Class of 1954 Professor of History at Yale University, and Susan F. Saidenberg, The Gilder Lehrman Institute. This exhibit will be featured in the Library’s gallery from June 17 through July 15. It examines the story of Emancipation from 1850 through 1964 and how we continue to debate the legacies of slavery and emancipation and reach for the goal of equality.

This program is free and open to all interested participants. Attendees are encouraged to register through the library’s website: http://www.scotlib.org or by phone: 908-322-5007, x.204 or e-mail library@scotlib.org.  

The Scotch Plains Library is located at 1927 Bartle Avenue, one block from Park Avenue in the center of town.