Anthony Benezet is recognized as the founder of the antislavery movement in America in the mid-1700s. Benezet believed the British ban on slavery should have been extended to the colonies, and worked to convince his Quaker brethren that slave-owning was not consistent with Christian doctrine.
Benezet and his fight against slavery will be the topic of a lecture by Maurice Jackson, an assistant professor in the history department at Georgetown University. Jackson will discuss his recently published book "Let This Voice Be Heard: Anthony Benezet, Father of Atlantic Abolitionism" at the Library of Congress at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26, in Room 119 of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C.
A book sale and signing will follow the lecture, which is sponsored by the Library’s John W. Kluge Center. The lecture is free and open to the public; tickets and reservations are not required.
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