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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 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.

Registration is encouraged for this free event but walk ups will be accommodated as possible. A Q&A with the speaker will follow the presentation.

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Saturday, July 19

Pier 17, 2nd floor
89 South Street


About Seaport Museum

The South Street Seaport Museum, located in the heart of the historic Seaport District, preserves and interprets the history of New York as a great port city. Founded in 1967, the Seaport Museum includes an extensive collection of works of art and artifacts, a maritime reference library, galleries, working 19th-century print shop, and a fleet of historic vessels that all work to tell the story of “Where New York Begins.”

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