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Growing up with the Country: Kendra Field

20 February 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Organized by: Massachusetts Historical Society
Venue: Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston St.
Boston
02215

Following the lead of her own ancestors, Kendra Field’s epic family history chronicles the westward migration of freedom’s first generation in the 50 years after emancipation. She traces their journey out of the South to Indian Territory, where they participated in the development of black towns and settlements. When statehood, oil speculation, and segregation imperiled their lives, some launched a back-to-Africa movement while others moved to Canada and Mexico. Interweaving black, white, and Indian histories, Field’s narrative explores how ideas about race and color powerfully shaped the pursuit of freedom.