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Release Date: 01/10/2013

The Seattle Public Library celebrates Black History Month with Carver Gayton Feb. 9

Lewis Clarke

Carver Gayton will read from a new facsimile edition of his great grandfather Lewis George Clarke's slave narrative, "Narrative of the Sufferings of Lewis Clarke," from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium.


Library events are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $6 on weekends.


Lewis George Clarke published the story of his life as a slave in 1845 after he had escaped from Kentucky and become a well-regarded abolitionist lecturer throughout the North. His book "Narrative of the Sufferings of Lewis Clarke" was the first work by a slave to be acquired by the Library of Congress and placed under copyright.


Clarke's great grandson, Carver Clark Gayton, authored the introduction to a new facsimile edition of Clarke's book. Gayton was director of Affirmative Action Programs, University of Washington; corporate director of educational relations and training, The Boeing Company; lecturer at the Evans School of Public Administration, University of Washington; and executive director, Northwest African American Museum.


This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsor Gary Kunis, media sponsor The Seattle Times. It is presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Co. Books will be available for purchase and signing.


For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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