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The Sinclairs of Sharpsburg: In Slavery, Freedom, and the Civil War
August 5, 2022 @ 7:00 pmFree
The Sinclairs of Sharpsburg were an African American family whose descendants included the beloved Virginia Cook and other prominent local citizens. In this talk, I’ll explore their nineteenth-century history, starting in slavery and showing how most of them became free before the Civil War. I’ll tell the story of Jane Sinclair, whose photograph and belongings are now in the collections of the Sharpsburgh Museum of History, and who spent the Civil War at Mount Airy, home of the Stephen P. Grove family. The Sinclair story features in my new book, Black Antietam: African Americans and the Civil War in Sharpsburg. Copies of the book will be available for sale and after the talk I’ll be happy to sign them.