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Ellen Garrison: Educator, Social Justice Advocate, Daughter of Concord — with Maria Madison and Kerri Greenidge

Tuesday, August 21th • Part of the Concord Museum’s “People of Concord” Summer Series

Kerri Greenidge, Tufts History Lecturer and Maria Madison, Brandeis Heller School Associate Dean of Diversity explored the life and activism of Robbins House resident Ellen Garrison through reading her letters with audience members. Topics selected from the 80 letters written by Ellen Garrison covered her goals in teaching freed people in Maryland and Virginia during Reconstruction, her treatment as a woman of color in the South, and her courage in testing the Civil Rights Act of 1866. Hearing about these experiences through Ellen’s words left a powerful impression. This Robbins House talk is linked to our IMLS brochure, Ellen Garrison Jackson, Fighter for Freedom during Reconstruction (1863-1875).