Back to All Events

Girl in Black and White: The Story of Mary Mildred Williams and the Abolition Movement

  • William G. McGowan Theater Washington, DC (map)

Girl in Black and White: The Story of Mary Mildred Williams and the Abolition Movement
William G. McGowan Theater
Washington, DC
Monday, March 18, 2019 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Reserve a Seat
View on YouTube


In 1855, after her family won its freedom, seven-year-old Mary Mildred Williams joined Senator Charles Sumner in a series of sold-out lectures as evidence that slavery knew no bounds. After being photographed, Mary unexpectedly became the face of American slavery: America’s first poster child. Why? As author Jessie Morgan-Owens relates in her book, Girl in Black and White, this former slave girl looked “white.” A book signing follows the program.


https://www.archives.gov/calendar/event/girl-in-black-and-white-the-story-of-mary-mildred-williams-and-the-abolition-movement