P&P Live! Barbara Boyle Torrey & Clara Myrick Green — Between Freedom and Equality: The History of an African American Family in Washington, DC - with James Fisher and Maurice Jackson

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Friday, June 18, 2021 - 6:00pm

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Between Freedom and Equality begins with the life of Capt. George Pointer, an enslaved African who purchased his freedom in 1793 while working for George Washington's Potomac Company. It follows the lives of six generations of his descendants as they lived and worked on the banks of the Potomac, in the port of Georgetown, and in a rural corner of the nation's capital. By tracing the story of one family and their experiences, Between Freedom and Equality offers a moving and inspiring look at the challenges that free African Americans have faced in Washington, DC, since the district's founding.

Barbara Boyle Torrey is the former executive director of the Division of the Behavioral and Social Sciences at the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences. She has authored two local histories and edited three books.

Clara Myrick Green is a retired secondary school French teacher. She has co-authored with Barbara Torrey a local history on a Potomac River community and two historical articles on George Pointer.

Maurice Jackson teaches History and African American Studies at Georgetown University and is the co editor of DC Jazz: Stories of Jazz Music in Washington, DC. He is a 2009 inductee into the Washington, DC Hall of Fame and was inaugural chair of the DC Commission of African American Affairs. He is completing Halfway to Freedom: The Struggles and Strivings of African Americans in Washington, DC.

James Fisher is a native of Washington D.C. and the 8th generation grandson of Captain George Pointer. He served four years in the US Army and worked for several federal government agencies over the course of 26 years before retiring at age 50.


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ISBN: 9781647120818
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Published: Georgetown University Press - June 14th, 2021

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