The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

November 11, 2013

NC Museum of History presents 'Was I Born For This?'


Monday, November 11, 2013 —  Walk through the lives of enslaved persons in North Carolina as told in their own words. Based on interviews, narratives and poetry, their experiences before and soon after the Civil War will be highlighted in the program Was I Born for This? North Carolina Slave Voices on Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m. at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. Lucinda MacKethan, Professor of English Emerita, N.C. State University, will present the program. Admission and weekend parking are free.

            MacKethan will discuss the ways in which African American writers fought against slavery and racism in North Carolina. She will explore the narratives of Harriet Jacobs, Moses Roper and Lunsford Lane; the poetry of George Moses Horton; and interviews from the Works Progress Administration narratives. These accounts provide a realistic picture of how enslaved individuals lived, worked and worshipped. MacKethan will also highlight the everyday life of slaves at the plantations of Somerset Place (near Creswell) and Stagville (near Durham).

            MacKethan is currently Director of Creative Writing at N.C. State University. She is the author or editor of six books, including Daughters of Time: Creating Women’s Voice in Southern Story and the co-edited Companion to Southern Literature, which was named a Best Reference Work by the American Library Association. MacKethan was a fellow at the National Humanities Center and chaired the N.C. Humanities Council from 2002 to 2005.

            For more information about the N.C. Museum of History, call 919-807-7900 or access or Facebook.