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"Brooklyn's Plymouth Church in the Civil War Era" - Wednesday Evening Author Talk

Nov 18, 2013 2:56 PM | 0 comments

Statue of Reverend Henry Ward Beecher with Mrs. Rose Ward in flowered hat (1927). Mrs. Ward's freedom had been purchased by the congregation of Plymouth Church during one of Beecher's sermons in 1860.   

During the years leading up to the Civil War, Brooklyn had the distinction of being one of the strongest abolitionist cities in the nation.  And led by the fiery and passionate preacher Henry Ward Beecher, Plymouth Church became a central site in the abolitionist movement.  From electrifying sermons and fund-raising concerts, to harboring escaped slaves, Plymouth Church organized its considerable resources in the fight againt slavery.

Join us this Wednesday evening, November 20th, at 7:00p.m. in the Brooklyn Collection as longtime member Frank Decker and Lois Rosebrooks discuss the historic church's important role in our nation's greatest struggle as they present their book Brooklyn's Plymouth Church in the Civil War Era.

A wine and cheese reception, as well as distribution of tickets, will precede the event at 6:30 p.m. The Brooklyn Collection is located on the 2nd floor balcony of the Central Library at Grand Army Plaza. Seating is limited to 40.