Friday, May 24, 2013

Brown Bag on Abner Kneeland, the last man in the country jailed for Blasphemy

Join us for a Brown Bag Lunch
on Thursday, May 30th
State Library of Massachusetts
Room 442, State House
12 until 1:30 PM

Bring your lunch and join us to hear Carla Charter, amateur historian, tell the story of Abner Kneeland. Kneeland, a Gardner native, was tried and jailed in Boston on the blasphemy charges in 1838. Learn about other aspects of his life as well, including his staunch views on abolition and women’s rights. Charter will speak about his connections to William Lloyd Garrison and Fanny Wright and will discuss the Iowa community Kneeland developed after his release from prison.

Ms. Charter has a keen interest in New England history. She has published three novels, including Across Lots, based on the murder in 1855 of Abner’s sisters in Gardner. She has currently begun work on a non-fiction book about the same topic.

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