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A Lecture on the Enslaved People Who Lived on and Near Joel Lane’s Plantation—SOLD OUT

when: Feb. 3, 2011

Florence Mitchell, PhD and chair of the education committee for the Joel Lane Museum House Board of Directors, will discuss the findings from her research on “The Enslaved People Who Lived on and Near Joel Lane’s Plantation” on Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 7pm in the Visitors Center. Sorry, the lecture is SOLD OUT. Admission will be $15 for the public and $10 for members of the Joel Lane Historical Society. Refreshments will be served. Seating is limited, and advanced purchase is required. Please call 919-833-3431 with your MasterCard or Visa, or mail a check to P O Box 10884, Raleigh NC 27605. Be sure to include the names of all in your party; nametags will serve as tickets.

Florence was born and grew up here in Raleigh and lived in the region until going to graduate school in Florida. She received a Doctorate in Art Education from Florida State University, a Master of Arts in Creative Art and a Bachelor of Arts in Art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After teaching art at Mercer University in Atlanta for twenty years, she retired to St. Augustine, Florida. An interest in genealogy led her to work with The Friends of the Huguenot Cemetery in St. Augustine. That association led to her interest in historical research. She wrote and published “Sacred to the Memory: a History of the Huguenot Cemetery” for that organization.

When she returned to Raleigh, she became a docent at the Joel Lane Museum House and ultimately began to research different topics related to the education program here. in 2009, she started researching Joel Lane’s slaves. From that research came the paper, “Capital Accumulation Through Slave Ownership in Wake County, 1771-1835, Joel Lane and His Circle of Friends.” That paper was given at the North Carolina Museum Council’s annual conference in 2010. This presentation is a continuation of that research.

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Thank you for giving me a tour around and in the Joel Lane House.  My favorite part was the garden.