Cecelski, author, to speak to genealogical society

Apr. 30, 2013 @ 06:10 PM


For its next meeting Thursday, at 6 p.m., the Granville County Genealogical Society will welcome Dr. David S. Cecelski as its featured speaker.

An author and historian from Durham, Cecelski will discuss his research into brief life a slave native to Smithville, during a program called “Love in the Archives: The Search for Abraham Galloway.”

That research led to Cecelski publishing “The Fire of Freedom: Abraham Galloway and the Slaves’ Civil War” last year. Galloway played a key role in the struggle for emancipation; his efforts also influenced the modern civil rights movement.

A North Carolina coast native, Cecelski attended both Duke and Harvard universities. He has authored several other works concerning history, race and culture in the American South, focusing specifically on the coast. In addition, he regularly contributes to Coastwatch magazine and the Raleigh News and Observer.

All society meetings, which are open to public, take place at Richard H. Thornton Library in Oxford, in the large meeting room. Visitors are always welcome.