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Banner Lecture by Turk McCleskey
February 19, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm| $4 – $6
Edward Tarr, known widely as ?Black Ned,? became a blacksmith while enslaved in Pennsylvania in the early 1700?s. After purchasing his freedom, Tarr and his white wife moved to Timber Ridge, in modern Rockbridge County, Virginia, where his forge on the Great Wagon Road became a well-known landmark. When he bought a 270-acre farm in 1754, Tarr became the first free black land owner west of the Blue Ridge. Exceptional free persons of color, such as Tarr, can be found in every region and in every period during the history of slavery. By the coming of the American Revolution, they constituted a self-aware, cohesive set of lobbyists capable of wielding the rhetoric of political liberty to roll back the encroachments of racist laws.