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If Jane Should Want to be Sold, Marjory O'Toole

Wed, Feb 22, 2017 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Speaker and author Marjory O’Toole will shed light on the lives of Little Compton’s enslaved and forcibly indentured men, women and children who lived and worked in the community from 1694 to 1816. O’Toole has been the Little Compton Historical Society managing director for over a decade. Last summer marked the 200th anniversary of the end of slavery in Little Compton. Kate Hilliard, the last person known to be enslaved in Little Compton, gained her freedom Aug. 5, 1816. The Historical Society is celebrating the end of slavery in Little Compton by honoring the lives of enslaved people like Hilliard. Their stories were lost from local history for over 200 years and have only recently been rediscovered through the Historical Society and O’Toole’s efforts. July 2016, the Little Compton Historical Society published O’Toole’s book titled “If Jane Should Want to Be Sold, Stories of Enslavement Indenture and Freedom in Little Compton, Rhode Island” and opened a special exhibit by the same title. The book is now available at the Linden Place Museum Store. Reservations are requested as space is limited. 253-0390, lindenplace.org.


500 Hope Street
Bristol, RI 02809

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