“Speaking of Slavery” at the Meeting House

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Thursday, November 21, 12:15 PM
“Speaking of Slavery” at the Meeting House

Join us for a premiere performance featuring Eric Hanson Plass and Merrill Kohlhofer of Boston National Historical Park portraying George Washington Blagden, senior minister of Old South Church from 1836-1872, and Jacob Merrill Manning, associate and then senior minister from 1857-1882. Despite admonitions from Blagden, in 1857 Manning began to speak out publicly on the issue of slavery from the pulpit of this Meeting House. In 1858, after Brown’s raid, he declared, “If John Brown had consulted me in regard to inciting a slave insurrection, I would certainly have advised him not to do it, but I am far from regretting that the attempt has been made.” This statement begins a conversation between the ministers about slavery, liberty, patriotism and ministry.

$6; FREE for OSMH Members

This program is the third of three Thursday lectures in the November Middays at the Meeting House lecture series "Politics and the Pulpit," co-sponsored by Boston National Historical Park.