Marlboro College

News Author Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina Discusses Mr. and Mrs. Prince, September 5

MARLBORO, VT- (August 13, 2008) - Marlboro College will host a free, public discussion with Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina, author of Mr. and Mrs. Prince: How an Extraordinary Eighteenth Century Family Moved out of Slavery and into Legend (Amistad, 2008), in the Whittemore Theater at 7:00 pm on Friday, September 5.gerzina

Gerzina is an alumna of Marlboro College and the Kathe Tappe Vernon Professor in Biography at Dartmouth College. She also chairs the English department, the first African-American woman to do so in the Ivy League.

The story of Abijah and Lucy Prince traverses from the western Massachusetts towns of Northampton, Northfield and Deerfield where they meet and start their family, to the southern Vermont locales of Guilford and Sunderland where they struggled in the face of racism despite being free, land-owning African-Americans.

Merging comprehensive research and grand storytelling, Gerzina reveals the true story of a remarkable pre-Civil War African-American family, as well as the challenges that faced African-Americans who lived in the North versus the slaves who lived in the South.

bookCopies of Mr. and Mrs. Prince were distributed to faculty, staff, peer advisers and all incoming first-year students during the summer as a part of a campus-wide reading project.

For more information, please contact the Marlboro College Public Relations office at 802-251-7644 or In the event of inclement weather, please call 802-451-7151 for cancellation information.

Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, graduate study focused on Internet technologies. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont.


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