Two Juneteenth-Related Events Saturday at Pottsgrove Manor

POTTSTOWN PA – To honor the history of the Black experience in America, Montgomery County’s historic Pottsgrove Manor, 100 W. King St., has scheduled a Juneteenth-related book club discussion, as well as a “Together In History” talk, both for Saturday (today, June 18, 2022) at the manor. Both are free to attend and open to the public.

Juneteenth, observed June 19 (Sunday), is a federal holiday in the United States that commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans. The county also has other Juneteenth events planned; find them here.

Book club discussion

The book club will review and engage in a guided discussion of “The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of America,” by author and Cornell University professor Edward E. Baptist. The book explores the history of Black labor. The discussion, from 10 a.m. to noon, is suitable for those age 14 and older. Copies of the book are available for purchase now at the manor’s museum shop. Registration for the book club is required, and is available online, here.

Leading the book club discussion will be Dr. Robert Hewitt, professor emeritus from Shippensburg University. Book club participants are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch if they also plan to attend the later lecture.

Together In History talk

Hewitt will be the featured speaker at 1 p.m. in the “Together in History” lecture. It intends to help participants increase their understanding of the past, and how the labor of exploited people is a part of the nation’s shared historic narrative. No registration is required to attend.

  • Editor’s note: This article, first published by The Post on June 3, has been updated.

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