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In Conversation: Patrick Phillips and Debbie Vermaat

December 13, 2016, 7:00 pm

Patrick Philips, author of “Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America” discusses his book about events in 1912 Forsyth County, Georgia, when three young black laborers were accused of the rape and murder of a white girl. After the lynching of one of the young men and public execution of the other two, bands of white “night riders” drove all 1,098 black citizens from the county through a coordinated campaign of arson and terror. Following Phillips’ talk, he and Debbie Vermaat, grandniece of Mae Crow, whose murder sparked the violence, engage in a moderated conversation.


Philips, who grew up in Forsythe County, is an award-winning poet whose 2015 “Elegy for a Broken Machine” was a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry. He teaches at Drew University.


Vermaat is a consultant and adjunct trainer for Beyond Diversity Resource Center on topics around Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression, Social Justice and Cross Cultural Communication. She also was raised in Forsyth County. Community Room


Co-sponsored by the library and Not in Our Town Princeton.


Presented with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this programming do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


December 13, 2016
7:00 pm