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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 leading us on a guided tour of the Joel Lane House! I had no idea that the kitchen was separate from the main house, and how different the two are. I had always assumed that the most dangerous job for a slave was in the fields, but your expertise showed me that the kitchen (because of the heat and potential for fire) was actually the most dangerous for a slave woman…