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"A Black Homesteader's Struggle"

February 7, 2015

Philip Burgess uses his poetry and storytelling skills to describe a black family's experience as early settlers in the Missouri River valley of eastern Montana. Seeking refuge from the lynch-mob racism of the post-civil war South, they found dignity and independence on a beautiful and isolated homestead. Although safe from the lynch-mob's rope, they still had to deal with the less virulent but more complicated racial attitudes of Richland County, as well as the vagaries of Northern Plains' weather and the wandering Missouri river.

Humanities Montana is Montana's independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), founded in 1972 by thirteen Montana citizens—academic and civic leaders—in response to Congress' National Arts and Humanities Act of 1965.

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Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

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Travelers Rest State Park
6717 Highway,12 West
Lolo, MT 59847
United States
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