Join the Seaport Museum and historian and author Claire Bellerjeau for a captivating illustrated presentation that delves into the discovery of a new founding figure named Elizabeth, known as “Liss.” Through engaging storytelling and visuals, we will embark on a journey to explore Liss’s remarkable story, shedding light on her enslavement by the Townsend family of Oyster Bay, New York, and her subsequent escape with the British forces. We will then follow her path as she faces re-enslavement in Manhattan and later Charleston. Liss’s complex struggle for freedom offers us a unique perspective on the country’s founding era, as seen through the eyes of an enslaved Black woman yearning for liberty in a nation grappling with its own fight for independence.

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Date: July 19

Time: 6:30 pm

Cost: Free

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Pier 17