Part 1 (Guest Presenter John Baker)
When he was a seventh grader, John Baker discovered that a former slave, photographed in a history textbook, was his great-great grandfather. Baker eventually conducted more than 30 years of genealogical and historical research on all the people who were enslaved at Wessyngton, a massive tobacco plantation in Robertson County. Baker’s work resulted in an award-winning book called The Washingtons of Wessyngton Plantation. In this presentation, Baker summarizes some of what he learned about slavery, about Wessington, and about his family.
Part 2 (Presenter Bill Carey)
Carey, author of the 2019 book Runaways, Coffles and Fancy Girls, reveals many points about the slave trade in Tennessee. For instance: Slave traders operated from Elizabethton to Memphis. Banks were up to their necks in the trade. The most reliable and consistent slave traders were chancery court officials. The wealthiest slave trader in America was a Sumner County resident named Isaac Franklin, who bought more than 15,000 slaves in Maryland and Virginia and sold them in Mississippi and Louisiana. In this presentation, Carey explains how the trade worked and goes over points you should make to your students.
NOTE: The event will being at 3:45 CENTRAL. The host will sign on 15 minutes early.