Historian to speak on book published by ex-slave
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Historian Carver Clark Gayton will speak next week at a Filson Historical Society lecture on the first work by a slave to be acquired by the Library of Congress.
The publication, written by slave Lewis George Clarke, is called "Narrative of the Sufferings of Lewis Clarke."
A release from the Filson Society says Clarke published the story of his life as a slave in 1845, after he had escaped from Kentucky and became an abolitionist lecturer.
Clarke knew Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Stowe identified him as the prototype for the rebellious character George Harris in her book, "Uncle Tom’s Cabin," published in 1852.
The lecture will be Tuesday at the library at Oxmoor Farm in Louisville.