The Other Madisons | Bettye Kearse

  VIRTUAL EVENT  
Thursday, September 17 | 5 PM 
Presented by the History Book Festival

For thousands of years, West African griots (men) and griottes (women) have recited the stories of their people. Without this tradition Bettye Kearse would not have known that she is a descendant of President James Madison and his slave, and half-sister, Coreen. Her family’s credo—“Always remember you’re a Madison. You come from African slaves and a president”—was intended to be a source of pride, but for her, it echoed with abuses of slavery, including rape and incest. Embarking on a journey of discovery, Kearse tried to confirm the information her ancestors had passed down, but she encountered obstacles at every turn

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Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 5:00pm
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