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The <em>Zong</em> Slave-Ship Massacre: A New Discovery in the British Library

The Zong Slave-Ship Massacre: A New Discovery in the British Library

Lecture: The 27th Annual Phi Beta Kappa Lecture

Title: The Zong Slave-Ship Massacre: A New Discovery in the British Library

Speaker: Dr. Michelle Faubert (University of Manitoba)

In 1781, as the Zong slave ship journeyed from the Cape Coast of Africa to Jamaica, the ownersof the ship threw overboard 133 slaves to their deaths — and all to collect insurance. In this year’s Annual Phi Beta Kappa Lecture, Dr. Faubert shares her real-life story of discovering a letter on the Zong case written by key British abolitionist Granville Sharp. This is no ordinary letter. Having long been buried in the British Library, Sharp’s unknown fair-copy (or version intended for publication) demands that top officials charge the Liverpool-based slave-ship owners with murder. Dr. Faubert invites us to consider the central role of this major scholarly discovery, which documents a horrific event that turned the tide of public opinion about the injustice of slavery—in Britain and abroad.

Sponsored by the Phi Beta Kappa Association of East Central Illinois and the Jack and Margaret Redden Fund, co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Humanities, and the Center for the Humanities.

Times and prices

Times

11/14 | 5:00 pm


Performance Location

Lecture Hall

Lecture Hall