The Patience Essah Africana Studies Lecture Series Co-Sponsored with the Auburn University Libraries Presents
From the Congo to the Convict Lease: Africa in Alabama Coal Mines
Dr. Jennifer Brooks, Associate Professor, Department of History, Auburn University
Date and Time: Tuesday, March 20 at 3:30 p.m.
Location: Special Collections and Archives Department, Ground Floor, Ralph Brown Draughon Library
Alabama relied on convicts to build the New South. Historians agree that African Americans constituted the overwhelming majority of persons imprisoned in this brutal labor system. However, immigrants from around the world were not only imprisoned in New South Alabama, but were also leased to private mining and timber interests, including to the brother of former Alabama governor, B.B. Comer. Dr. Brooks will explore how this exploitation of immigrants complicates our understanding of the new South as a binary story of black versus white.
Refreshments and conversation to follow Dr. Brooks's talk.