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***Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, most programs are currently taking place virtually. If you need help accessing a virtual program, contact us at www.wrl.org/ask.***

Join us for a Lemon’s Legacies Porch Talk led by Jaaye Person-Lynn. Three of the five men credited with drafting the Declaration of Independence held slaves at the time the Declaration was drafted. As such, it is clear that the words, “All men are created equal,” did not apply to the enslaved population. The 3/5ths clause of the US Constitution, the Dred Scott case, Jim Crow Laws and the continued treatment of Black lives as inferior, including Person-Lynn’s conviction for delaying or obstructing a peace officer, all support the notion the status of the enslaved descendants has never changed. We will discuss this status and what language in the record of the United States, if any, changed the status.

The Williamsburg Regional Library is proud to collaborate with The Lemon Project at the College of William & Mary to bring you this special series of talks. Topics will range widely and include African Americans’ contributions to the College and Williamsburg community, and more. All talks are virtual and require advance registration. See each individual program for specific dates, times, and recommended reading, or view the entire Lemon Project calendar at https://events.wm.edu/calendar/upcoming/lemonproject 

Register for this event here: https://events.wm.edu/event/view/lemonproject/120708 

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