African history month events lined up at Acadia

Published on February 10, 2017

WOLFVILLE NS – Several unique events have been scheduled at Acadia University in conjunction with African Heritage Month.

On Monday, Feb 13, Dr. Catherine Cottreau-Robins, curator of archaeology for Nova Scotia Museums, will present a lecture at 6 p.m. in BAC 132 entitled, ‘The archaeology of slavery and freedom in Nova Scotia.’

A reception will follow in the art gallery.

An evening with Parliamentary Poet Laureate Dr. George Elliott Clarke is set for Friday, Feb. 17 in the Fountain Learning Commons at 6:30 p.m.

Then on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 5 p.m. a talk by
Dr. Karolyn Smardz-Frost and launch is set for her new book, ‘Steal Away Home’ will be presented by Department of History & Classics.

While researching her award-winning book, ‘I've Got a Home in Glory Land’, Smardz Frost, who teaches at Acadia, discovered a remarkable woman named Cecelia Jane Reynolds. Born into slavery in 1831, she made a daring dash to freedom in Canada at the age of 15.

In this new biography, Smardz Frost follows Reynolds from her enslaved childhood to her death as a free woman.