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Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required.
NOTE: The Library will close at its regular Friday time of 6 p.m. and will reopen at the Fourth Avenue entrance at 6:30 p.m. for this event. Parking in the Central Library garage will be available for $5 after 5 p.m.
This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsor Gary Kunis, media sponsor The Seattle Times and presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Co. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
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In their young adult biography, Judy Bentley and Lorraine McConaghy tell the true story of a 13-year-old slave who escaped from Washington Territory to freedom in Canada on the West's Underground Railroad. Description:
When James Tilton came to Washington Territory as surveyor-general in the 1850s, he brought young Charles Mitchell with his household. The story of Charlie's escape in 1860 on a steamer bound for Victoria and the help he received from free blacks reveals how national issues on the eve of the Civil War were also being played out in the West. This biography explores issues of race, slavery, treason and secession in Washington Territory; making it a resource for teachers and a story for readers of all ages.
Bentley teaches at South Seattle Community College and is the author of “Hiking Washington's History,” along with 14 books for young adults. McConaghy is a public historian at the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle and the author of “Warship Under Sail.”