Historical lecture: Centre Alumnus was an important abolitionist
RELEASED: January 4, 2002
DANVILLE, KYCentre College will present a special public lecture as part of its annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration. James M. Prichard from the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives will give a talk entitled "Abolitionists in Our Midst: The Doyle Conspiracy of 1848" on Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. in Newlin Hall on the Centre campus.
Though some historians have used the term "mild" to describe the conditions of slavery in Kentucky, there are many documented instances of resistance to slavery in the Commonwealth. In 1848, E. J. "Patrick" Doyle, a white Centre College student, led some 50 slaves from Fayette and Bourbon counties in a dash for freedom. The Doyle Conspiracy, the largest attempted slave escape in Kentucky history, ended when the fugitives were captured in Bracken County. Prichard's talk reinterprets the history of this event and provides a view of Kentucky slavery that strongly contradicts the traditional stereotypes of "kind masters" and "faithful servants."
James Prichard is one of the featured speakers from the Kentucky Humanities Council Speakers Bureau. The Kentucky Humanities Council, Inc. is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, D.C.
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