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2/1/2014 11:00 a.m.
Forgotten Story of Mary Hester Brown (1824-1903).
In Honor of Black History Month, Roland Baumann, Oberlin College Emeritus Archivist, will present The Forgotten Story of Mary Hester Brown (1824-1903). Mary Hester Brown, a daughter of a slave, was raised in the black enclaves of rural Central Ohio. Upon marrying Elijah N. Brown in 1847, Mary moved to Oberlin, Ohio where she lived for over five decades. Mr. Baumann's discussion will draw upon both the life of Mary Hester Brown and will re-examine as well the dynamic intersection of gender, race, and political morality in the United States during the 19th century. The presentation will include also glimpses into the origins of class distinctions, discrimination, and voluntary segregation in Oberlin following the decision by the College to admit students " irrespective of color." Library. The program, sponsored by the Oberlin African American Genealogy & History Group and the Oberlin Public Library, is free and open to the public.

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