Barracoon Book Discussion at Library

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

In honor of the Juneteenth holiday on June 19, the Norfolk Library will host a book discussion of “Baracoon” by Zora Neale Hurston on Tuesday, June 18, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Sitting on his porch in 1928, under the Alabama sun, snacking on peaches, Cudjo Lewis (born Oluale Kossola) recounted to his guest his life story. His listener, companion and scribe was Zora Neale Hurston, the celebrated Harlem Renaissance author of “Their Eyes Were Watching God”. She poured his story, told mostly in his voice and dialect, into “Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo.”” After eight decades, the manuscript was published in 2018. The title comes from the Spanish word for an enclosure where slaves were kept before the Middle Passage journey.

With a foreword from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker, “Barracoon” brilliantly illuminates the horror and injustices of slavery as it tells the true story of one of the last-known survivors of the Atlantic slave trade.

The first ten people to register for the discussion will receive a copy of “Barracoon” to keep. The book is also available at the Library and from other libraries through inter-library loan.

To register, please click here.

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