Frye Gaillard and Marti Rosner present The Slave Who Went to Congress *POSTPONED*


Co-authors Marti Rosner and Frye Gaillard have crafted the story of a remarkable man who taught himself to read when he was young and began a lifetime quest for education and freedom. As a candidate for Congress, and then as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Turner rejected the idea of punishing his white neighbors who’d fought for the Confederacy — and thus for the continuation of slavery — believing they had suffered enough. At the same time, he supported the right to vote for former slaves, opposed a cotton tax that he thought was hurtful to small farmers, especially blacks, supported racially mixed schools, and argued that land should be set aside for former slaves so they could build a new life for themselves. In this bicentennial season for the state of Alabama, the authors celebrate the remarkable life of a man who rejected bitterness even as he pursued his own dreams. His is a story of determination and strength, the story of an American hero. This beautifully written book, illustrated by Jordana Haggard, is a picture book for readers ages 7 through 12.The Slave Who Went to Congress,Montgomery, AL — In 1870 Benjamin Turner, who spent the first 40 years of his life as a slave, was elected to the U.S. Congress. He was the first black Congressman from Alabama and among the very first in the House of Representatives after Emancipation.  In

Authors Bio:

Marti Rosner has been an educator for 41 years. She has worked as a classroom teacher and District Academic Coach serving Title I schools in Cobb County, Georgia. She has also enjoyed leading a variety of professional development classes, serving as a Teacher Consultant for the National Writing Project, and training teachers across the country as a curriculum specialist for Sundance-Newbridge, an educational publishing company. The Slave Who Went to Congress is her first book.

Frye Gaillard is a writer in residence at the University of South Alabama and author of more than 30 books, including Journey to the Wilderness: War, Memory, and a Southern Family’s Civil War Letters, The Books That Mattered, Go South to Freedom, and A Hard Rain, all published by NewSouth Books. He is the winner of the Lillian Smith Award, the Clarence Cason Award for Nonfiction, and the 2016 Eugene Current-Garcia Award for Distinction in Literary Scholarship.


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Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
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