CANCELED: The Last & Living Words of Mark: Following the Clues to the Enslaved Man's Life, Afterlife, and Community
The Last & Living Words of Mark: Following the Clues to the Enslaved Man's Life, Afterlife, and Community
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 7:30 p.m.
Mark was an enslaved Charlestown blacksmith, husband, and father who was accused of petit treason after he and co-conspirators were discovered in the poisoning death of their enslaver John Codman. An enslaved man named Robin, bequeathed by Isaac Royall Sr. to his daughter Penelope Royall Vassall, supplied the poison that killed Captain Codman.
In 1755 Mark was tried and found guilty, hanged, and gibbeted on Charlestown Common, just a mile from the southern border of the Royalls' Medford estate.
Paul Revere mentioned the gruesome landmark "where Mark was hung in chains" in describing his midnight ride on April 18, 1775, twenty years later.
Poet and independent scholar Catherine Sasanov has spent years researching Mark and those around him, and will share her knowledge of the haunting details of Mark's short life in this illustrated talk.