February is Black History Month and to mark the occasion, the St. Thomas Public Library will be welcoming a renowned expert in the history of the Black experience in Ontario.
Karolyn Smardz Frost, author of I’ve got a home in Glory Land: a lost tale of the Underground Railroad, will be making a presentation in the Carnegie Room of the St. Thomas Public Library on Thursday, February 25 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.
I’ve got a home in Glory Land tells the story of Thornton and Lucie Blackburn, a fugitive slave couple who made a dramatic escape to Canada via the Underground Railroad in the early nineteenth century. Smardz Frost’s 1985 excavation of the Thornton and Lucie Blackburn site in Toronto began more than twenty years of research which resulted in a critically acclaimed book which won the 2007 Governor General’s Award for nonfiction. The Award’s Jury described I’ve got a home in Glory Land as “a triumphant blend of archaeological and historical research with literary storytelling.”
Toronto-born historian and archaeologist Karolyn Smardz Frost teaches part-time in York University’s history department and is a finalist in TV Ontario’s “Best Lecturer “ competition. In addition to I’ve got a home in Glory Land, she is a co-editor of Ontario’s African-Canadian heritage, a collection of articles by London historian Fred Landon who died in 1969. Part of her talk will address aspects of Black History in Elgin County.
Come and learn more about this fascinating part of our history!