Here is a perfect opportunity to get out of the house and learn something new. On Sunday, February 19, at 2:00 PM, Roane Smothers will discuss the documentary that describes the life and times of James Clemens and the Longtown Settlement, a multi-racial settlement on the border of Indiana and Ohio during the 1800′s.
As an introduction to the Remembering Freedom program, Noel Rihm, a Wright State University student and museum intern, will discuss the insights that guided her as she developed the new Longtown exhibit at the museum.
Longtown was a predominantly African American settlement in Darke County that included people of African, European, and American Indian ancestry. The population included many freed or runaway slaves. With the establishment of a vocational school known as the Union Literary Institute, Longtown created an opportunity for African Americans to become land-owning farmers, craftsmen, skilled workers and professionals during a period when slavery and racism were prevalent.
All lectures are free and open to the public. However, regular admission will apply to tour the exhibit and museum which includes the outstanding Annie Oakley Center and CrossRoads of Destiny exhibits. Support for the Garst Lecture series comes, in part, from the Stephens Foundation.