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Lecture:  “Lunsford Lane of Raleigh: Blackness, Manhood, Slavery, and Freedom in Antebellum America”

when: May. 7, 2017

Craig Friend digs more deeply into the familiar story of Lunsford Lane, born a slave in 1803 Raleigh. He purchased his freedom in 1835 and that of his family in 1842. Attendees are encouraged to read the “Narrative of Lunsford Lane,” available online at

A lecture on “Lunsford Lane of Raleigh: Blackness, Manhood, Slavery, and Freedom in Antebellum America” by Craig Friend will take place on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 2 pm at the Visitors Center of the Joel Lane Museum House at 160 South Saint Mary’s Street, Raleigh, NC 27603. Admission will be $16 for the general public and $11 for members of the Joel Lane Historical Society. Refreshments will be served. Seating is limited, and advanced payment is required. Please call 919-833-3431 with your MasterCard or Visa, mail a check to P O Box 10884, Raleigh NC 27605, or go to the Eventbrite web site. Be sure to include the names of all in your party; nametags will serve as tickets. Tickets are non-refundable unless we must cancel the event.

Craig Thompson Friend is professor of history and director of public history at NC State University. He has written two books on the early history of Kentucky and
has edited collections on masculinity, the family, and death culture in the American South. He is currently working on a biography of Lunsford Lane.

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What visitors say

Thank you so much for letting our IB Human Geography class come tour the Joel Lane house. I really enjoyed learning about how high-class people lived back them. I was surprised to hear that they were always working and had no time to themselves. I was also shocked at the size of the beds. They were so small! You two really played good parts and made me feel like I was really back in those times.