Postponed: The World of Elizabeth Jennings

with author Jerry Mikorenda

In deference to this moment of immense tragedy in our country, and in solidarity with communities fighting for justice, MAS is postponing public programming for the rest of this week.

Join us for a presentation by author Jerry Mikorenda, about his book, America’s First Freedom Rider: Elizabeth Jennings, Chester A. Arthur, and the Early Fight for Civil Rights.

In 1854, Elizabeth Jennings desegregated NYC’s transit system 100 years before Rosa Parks in an era of few civil rights victories. Her father Thomas, a resolute abolitionist, was the first African American to receive a US patent. The Jennings family saga spans the history of New York City and the struggle for human rights.

Jerry will provide a 30-minute presentation entitled, The World of Elizabeth Jennings, that shows the sights, people, and landmarks of old New York as her momentous battle with the Third Avenue Railroad unfolded on the streets of Manhattan and in Brooklyn’s Supreme Court. The freedoms that she won underpin the civil rights and gender equality movements that are still a battlefront today.

There will be the opportunity for Q&A following the presentation.

You must RSVP to receive a link to join the webinar.

You can purchase a copy of the book here.

Wednesday, June 3
4:00 PM — 5:00 PM

Virtual Event

Tickets:
Free!

cover of 'American's First Freedom Rider'
Cover of "America’s First Freedom Rider: Elizabeth Jennings, Chester A. Arthur, and the Early Fight for Civil Rights."

Featured Speaker

Jerry Mikorenda
Author
jerrymikorenda.com
Jerry is the author of America’s First Freedom Rider: Elizabeth Jennings, Chester A. Arthur, and the Early Fight for Civil Rights. He has appeared on the AHC program, What History Forgot, is a member of BIO — the Biographers International Organization, and the Historical Novel Society. His nonfiction credits include The New York Times, Newsday, and The Boston Herald. His history profiles appear in the Encyclopedia of New York City and the Gotham Center’s History Blog.

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