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Anne Bailey to discuss history of slave auction in Savannah at annual Mark Finlay Memorial Lecture

On Thursday, March 22, Anne Bailey, author of The Weeping Time: Memory and the Largest Slave Auction in American History, will present the third annual Mark Finlay Memorial Lecture at 6 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium on the Georgia Southern Armstrong Campus in Savannah.

Bailey, a professor of history and Africana studies at State University of New York Binghamton, is a noted writer, historian and speaker.

Her lecture titled, “History, Memory and the Weeping Time Slave Auction in Savannah, Georgia,” will emphasize Savannah’s role in the largest recorded slave auction in American history, weaving together a narrative about auction life in 1859 and showing how memories of slavery have shaped the lives of people today.

The Geechee Gullah Ring Shouters, a group of Gullah Geechee cultural performers and descendants of formerly enslaved people who settled in and around Georgia and South Carolina, will help set the scene for the evening with a performance of traditional song and dance at 5:45 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium.

A reception and book signing will follow the lecture in the Fine Arts lobby. The lecture and Gullah performance are both free and open to the public.

The Mark Finlay Memorial Lecture has been given each year in honor of the late Finlay, former assistant dean in the College of Liberal Arts at the former Armstrong State University. Thanks to the generous donations of his family, friends and colleagues, the lecture series has taken place annually since his passing in 2013

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