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Scott Shane: "Flee North"

Pulitzer Prize-winning Baltimore journalist and author Scott Shane recounts the life of abolitionist Thomas Smallwood (1801-1883), who bought his own freedom, helped hundreds of others escape slavery in Washington and Baltimore and named the underground railroad. Flee North also tells the story of the Baltimore slave trader Hope Slatter, who shipped hundreds of people south from the Inner Harbor, often separating them from their families forever.   Scott Shane will be joined in conversation by journalist Michael Fletcher. 

About the Author: 

Scott Shane is a former reporter for the New York Times and Baltimore Sun.  He is the author of Objective Troy: A Terrorist, a President, and the Rise of the Drone and Dismantling Utopia: How Information Ended the Soviet Union

About the Moderator: 

Michael Fletcher is a senior writer with ESPN’s enterprise/investigative team.  He formerly reported for ESPN's The Undefeated and The Washington Post.  He is the co-author of Supreme Discomfort: The Divided Soul of Clarence Thomas.

Program Information: 

  • This FREE event will be presented in-person and virtually.   
  • To attend in person we strongly encourage you to register here 
  • Doors will open to registered attendees at 6 pm. 
  • Free parking vouchers are available to program attendees who park at the Franklin Street Garage (15 W. Franklin Street) after 4pm.  Ask Pratt event staff for your parking voucher prior to or after the program. 
  • Book sales provided by Urban Reads Bookstore

Tuesday, September 19, 2023 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Central Library, Poe Reading Room
400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

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Book Discussions, Writers LIVE!, Black History, Virtual Event

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Writers LIVE at the Library

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Cleve Corner, Manager of Speaker & Author Engagement

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