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Book Presentation

MARIETTA — Ohio native Nikki M. Taylor, Professor of History at Howard University, will talk about her most recent book “Driven Toward Madness: The Fugitive Slave Margaret Garner and Tragedy on the Ohio” at 7 p.m. today at the Timothy O. Cooper Auditorium.

“Driven Toward Madness” is Taylor’s third monograph. This book is a biography of Margaret Garner, an enslaved wife and mother who, along with her entire family, escaped from slavery in northern Kentucky in 1856. When their owners caught up with the Garner family, Margaret tried to kill all four of her children — and succeeded in killing one — rather than see them return to slavery. Using black feminist and interdisciplinary methodologies, this book examines why this fated act was the last best option for her as an enslaved mother. Taylor’s current research project is on women who participated in armed slave revolts.

Taylor, who is also the Chair of the History Department at Howard, graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned a history degree and was a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship that allowed her to study African history in Ghana. She attended Duke University where she earned an M.A. and Ph.D., in U.S. and African American History. For more information, call (740) 376-4408.

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Brown Baggin’ Thru History

MARIETTA — Andrew Richmond will speak on “From Crocks to Jazz Bowls:150 Years of Ohio Pottery” at the next Brown Baggin’ Thru History at noon Friday at Campus Martius Museum. Potters were among the earliest settlers in the Ohio territory where the topography and geology created the perfect environment for them to ply their trade and trade their wares. During Ohio’s first 150 years, more than 1,000 potteries produced products sold locally and throughout the Ohio River Valley. From utilitarian stoneware to French-style porcelain, Ohio pottery was the result of tradition and innovation and reflected the cultural and economic history of the state. The program is free thanks to the support of the Washington County Public Library.

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Baked Chicken Dinner

PARKERSBURG — The Knights of Columbus will be hold a baked chicken dinner at 6 p.m. Friday. The public is welcome. Call in takeout orders at 304-428-0331. The Knights of Columbus is located at 1010 Market St.

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Community Breakfast

MATAMORAS – Matamoras No. 374, Free and Accepted Masons, will hold a community breakfast 8-11 a.m. Saturday. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, sausage gravy, hash browns, biscuits, pancakes, cinnamon roll, orange juice and coffee. Carry out is available. The suggested donation is $5 per person.

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