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Sarah Jencks Lecture: Reckoning with Slaveholding Ancestry from Antebellum Virginia

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

1:00 PM-2:30 PM

Sarah Jencks explores the conflicts inherent in coming to terms with slave-holding ancestors, considering whether reparations are possible and how honest genealogical research can shape our historical understanding.


Sarah Jencks is the director of education and interpretation at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., where she develops exhibitions and programs that explore Civil War Washington, the history of political violence in the United States, and the ever-evolving legacy of Abraham Lincoln.

The event is sponsored by the Department of History and the Lenfest Center for Cultural Partnerships

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Gabriel Rocha

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Stephanie Grauman Wolf Room, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, 3355 Woodland Walk, between Chestnut and Walnut Streets, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104


  • Everyone