Wednesday, February 4, 6-8pm (snow date Feb 11)
No experience necessary – call 668-2528 to register
Wednesday, February 18, 7 pm (snow date Feb 25)
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Wednesday, February 18, 7 pm
Richard Hayes Phillips will discuss his book:
Without Indentures: Index to White Slave Children in Colonial Court Records
In this groundbreaking work, Richard Hayes Phillips has collected the names of more than five thousand children kidnapped from Ireland, Scotland, England, and New England, and sold into slavery in Maryland and Virginia, c. 1660-1720. By English law dated 1659, it was lawful for justices of the peace to kidnap children found begging or vagrant and ship them to the plantations as servants without indentures. The younger the child, the longer the sentence, and the colonial county courts were the judges of their ages.