Hubbard House Annual Pilgrimage
Saturday, October 5 2019
Join the Hubbard House UGRR Museum for their 40th annual Ashtabula County UGRR Pilgrimage Saturday, Oct. 5.
The event is free, but space is limited, you must RSVP by calling 440-964-8168 (spaces are filling up quickly!)
The event will begin at the Hubbard House at 9 am (light breakfast & refreshments available). Then folks will embark on a driving tour of underground railroad sites throughout Ashtabula County, with stops at a few locations to learn more about them.
Afterward, we will return to the museum for lunch and our main speaker, author Mr. Dwight Wilson. Mr. Dwight Wilson is the author of “The Kidnapped” (2018) and The Resisters (2019). Mr. Wilson will be offering book signing after the talk.
The Kidnapped (2018)
Dwight Wilson researched for more than a dozen years to ensure this brilliant historic fiction collection portrayed the very nuanced history of African Americans in the United States. These stories span initial capture of Dwight’s ancestors to those who broke the laws in the name of truth, humanity, and kindness.
The Resistors (2019)
“Wilson’s (The Kidnapped, 2018, etc.) new volume of historical fiction weaves together 24 short stories to create a remarkable, multihued portrait of America.” “Memorable characters and unique historical details illuminate slavery’s complex legacy.” — Kirkus Reviews
The Resistors is a parallel sequel to 2018’s The Kidnapped. It focuses on blacks, whites, and Native Americans resisting pre-Civil War oppression while attempting to establish dignified identities. It is also in the voice of Sarah, one of the author’s direct ancestors. She was the daughter of Esi and Kofi two fictionalized Fante kidnapped from West Africa in 1795. With the help of Quakers, together with two brothers, Robin and Dan, Sarah escaped from being enslaved in Culpeper, Virginia and settled in Warren County, Ohio where she met and married the Scots-Irish Quaker, Charles Ferguson. It is imagined that Sarah was primarily educated by her father who himself was taught reading and writing by Nathan Prescott, his slave master, and secondarily through two years of education at Goose Creek Friends School, a Quaker school in Northern Virginia, renown for being integrated prior to Nat Turner’s revolt which led to state laws forbidding the education of people of color.