HIGH POINT, NC (February 9, 2017) The High Point Museum Guild continues their informative series of programs on the history of the Greater High Point area on Wednesday, February 15 at 10 am at the High Point Museum. Mary A. Browning will discuss the slaves of George C. Mendenhall of Jamestown. This program is free and open to all.
Browning is a professional genealogist and a freelance writer and editor specializing in family and local history. Her work has been published by the Historic Jamestown Society, History Press, Arcadia Press, Greensboro News & Record, Guilford County Genealogical Society and several individuals who have privately published family histories.
George C. Mendenhall of Jamestown inherited slave property through his wife’s relations. But his conscience directed him to find a way to help them gain skills and find freedom. Browning will discuss Mendenhall’s struggle to disentangle himself from slavery in spite of restrictive laws enacted in North Carolina, widespread hostility of fellow citizens, and divisions within the Mendenhall family. She also will discuss efforts to trace Mendenhall’s freedmen and their descendants.
This program is one associated with the Museum’s exhibit “Bills of Sale: Slave Deeds of Guilford County.” After the presentation, visitors will have the opportunity to tour the exhibit.
The Museum Guild welcomes new members to join and support the High Point Museum. Annual dues are $25 which helps to fund wonderful programs which are free except for the field trips as well as other Museum projects and exhibits.
The High Point Museum, a division of the High Point Public Library, is dedicated to sharing Greater High Point’s history, providing perspective for current issues, and strengthening the sense of community.
The City of High Point aims to serve as the catalyst for bringing together the community’s human, economic and civic resources for the purpose of creating the single most livable, safe and prosperous community in America. For more information on the City, visit www.highpointnc.gov