This fall the Adult Forum will resume in-person meetings on Sunday mornings at 9:00 in the Common Room. As a complement to the upcoming Witness Stones workshop, we will be reading and discussing the book The Logbooks: Connecticut’s Slave Ships and Human Memory, by Anne Farrow.
The website Goodreads introduces the book in this way: “In 1757, a sailing ship owned by an affluent Connecticut merchant sailed from New London to the tiny island of Bence in Sierra Leone, West Africa, to take on fresh water and slaves. On board was the owner’s son, on a training voyage to learn the trade. The Logbooks explores that voyage, and two others documented by that young man, to unearth new realities of Connecticut’s slave trade and question how we could have forgotten this part of our past so completely.”
As Farrow writes about the Logbooks, she also explores the idea of memory and loss of memory as her mother is diagnosed with dementia.
You might also want to check out the book she cowrote with two other Hartford Courant reporters called Complicity about slavery in the north.
The Adult Forum will begin meeting on Sunday, September 25—all are welcome!
DATE PAGES FOR DISCUSSION
Sep. 25 Preface and pp. 1 - 3
Oct. 2 pp. 4 - 19
Oct. 9 pp. 21 - 47
Oct. 16 pp. 48 - 67
Oct. 23 pp. 69 - 85
Oct. 30 no class
Nov. 6 pp. 86 – 99
Nov. 13 pp. 100 – 129
Nov. 20 pp. 131 - 153