Espionage and Enslavement in the Revolution
Price for Members: 0.00
Price for Non-Members: $10
Date/Time: Saturday, October, 8th 10:30-12:00pm
Instructor: Clare Bellerjeau, Director of Education Raynham Hall Museum
This lecture reveals the discovery of a new founding figure named Elizabeth, or Liss, enslaved by the Townsend family of New York, whose son Robert was George Washington’s spy in Manhattan during the Revolutionary War. Liss’s escape with the British, re-enslavement, and struggle for freedom gives new insight into the country’s founding era, through the eyes of an enslaved Black woman seeking liberty in a country fighting for its own. As Robert and Liss’s story unfolds, prominent figures cross their path, including George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, Benedict Arnold, John Graves Simcoe, John André and John Adams; as well as the Culper Spy Ring, the Boston Massacre, the Battle of Long Island, and the Benedict Arnold treason plot. (ONLINE-SRC)
Claire Bellerjeau, Dir. Education Raynham Hall Museum
Start time: 10:30 a.m.
End time: 12:00 p.m.