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A conversation on slavery
Aug. 9 program discusses shared history
 
Published Tuesday, August 5, 2014 7:08 pm
by Staff Reports

Jimmie Lee Kirkpatrick and H.D. “De” Kirkpatrick met at Myers Park High School in the 1960s. Last year they learned that the ancestor of one had owned the ancestor of the other as a slave.


On August 9, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library will host a program with them. They’ll talk about their history and how to have a conversation about – and grow from – a discussion of slavery.
“In 1850, 40 percent of Mecklenburg County’s population were enslaved people,” the Kirpatricks said. “Let’s talk about this.”


The program will also feature historian Tom Hanchett from Levine Museum of the New South; the Rev. Steve Shoemaker, theologian in residence at Queens University of Charlotte and a visiting assistant professor of religion at Johnson C. Smith University and Julia M. Robinson, Department of Religious Studies at UNC Charlotte.


“Our intent is to delve more deeply into this area of our past so that we can learn, and perhaps even heal,” said Jane Johnson, manager of the Library’s Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room and the program’s organizer. “These two men have a fascinating personal story to tell. Our aim is for attendees to leave with new understanding, and maybe even feel inspired to learn more about their own personal histories.”


“Stirring the Ashes” takes place August 9 at 2 p.m. at the Morrison Regional Library branch, 7015 Morrison Blvd. Registration is not required. For more information, visit www.cmlibrary.org/programs or call Main Library’s Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room at (704) 416-0150.


Individuals who are interested in learning more about their personal histories can begin their genealogical exploration in the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, which houses historical information on Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, and North Carolina as well as genealogical information from the entire country and free access to Ancestry.com’s Library Edition.


The Carolina Room is located on the third floor of Main Library, 310 North Tryon St. and is open Tuesday through Thursday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For details, visit www.cmlibrary.org/locations/mainCarolina.asp or call 704-416-0150.
 

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