In celebration of Black History Month, the Joel Lane Museum House is proud to announce a lecture on " Joel Lane and the Enslaved People Who Lived on His Plantation" by Florence Mitchell, PhD. on Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 7 pm in the Visitors Center at 160 South Saint Mary’s Street, Raleigh, NC 27603. Admission will be $15 for the general public and $10 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, or mail a check to P O Box 10884, Raleigh NC 27605. 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. Admission is by advanced purchase only. Tickets may be obtained by calling 919-833-3431 payable with MasterCard or Visa. Admission for the public is $15, and for members of the Joel Lane Historical Society $10. Refreshments will be served.
Dr. Mitchell was born and grew up in Raleigh and lived in the region until going to graduate school in Florida. She received a Doctorate in Art Education from The Florida State University, a Master of Arts in Creative Art and a Bachelor of Arts in Art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After teaching art at Mercer University in Atlanta for twenty years, she retired to St. Augustine, Florida. An interest in genealogy led her to work with The Friends of the Huguenot Cemetery in St. Augustine. That association led to her interest in historical research. She wrote and published, Sacred to the Memory: a History of the Huguenot Cemetery for that organization.
When she returned to Raleigh, Florence became a docent at the Joel Lane Museum House and ultimately began to research different topics related to the education program here. In 2009, she started researching information about Joel Lane’s slaves. From that research came the paper, “Capital Accumulation Through Slave Ownership in Wake County, 1771-1835, Joel Lane and His Circle of Friends.” That paper was presented at the North Carolina Museum Council’s annual conference in 2009. This presentation is a continuation of that research.
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