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Carver Clark Gayton reads from a new "facsimile edition" of his great grandfather Lewis George Clarke’s slave narrative. Description:
Lewis George Clarke published the story of his life as a slave in 1845, after he had escaped from Kentucky and become a well-regarded abolitionist lecturer throughout the North. His book "Narrative of the Sufferings of Lewis Clarke, During a Captivity of More Than Twenty-Five Years, among the Algerines of Kentucky, One of the So Called Christian States of North America" was the first work by a slave to be acquired by the Library of Congress and placed under copyright.
Clarke lived in the Cambridge, Mass., home of Aaron and Mary Safford. There he encountered Mary's stepsister, Harriet Beecher Stowe, along with Frederick Douglass, John Brown, and other abolitionists. His experiences are evident in "Uncle Tom's Cabin," published in 1852, and Stowe identified him as the prototype for the character George Harris.
Clarke's great grandson, Carver Clark Gayton, authored the introduction to a new facsimile edition of Clarke’s book. Gayton was director of Affirmative Action Programs, University of Washington; corporate director of educational relations and training, The Boeing Company; lecturer at the Evans School of Public Administration, University of Washington; and executive director, Northwest African American Museum.