Steering to Freedom

Steering to Freedom
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Book talk by author Patrick Gabridge.

In May 1862, Robert Smalls, an enslaved ship's pilot in Charleston, South Carolina, crafted a daring plan to steal the steamship Planter and deliver it, along with the crew and their families, to the Union blockade. After risking his life to escape slavery, Robert faced an even more difficult challenge: convincing Abraham Lincoln to enlist black troops. Based on a true story, "Steering to Freedom" tells the powerful and inspirational story of a young man who became the first black captain of a US military ship, while struggling to navigate a path to freedom for himself, his family, and his people.

Copies of "Steering to Freedom" will be available for purchase and signing at the event. Free admission for RH&SQ members; $5 for non-members.

About the author: Medford resident Patrick Gabridge is the author of three novels: Steering to Freedom, Tornado Siren, and Moving [a life in boxes]. His full-length plays include Lab Rats, Distant Neighbors, Constant State of Panic, and Chore Monkeys. He’s been a Playwriting Fellow with the Huntington Theatre Company and New Rep. His site-specific play about the day after the Boston Massacre, Blood on the Snow, is currently being performed at Boston’s Old State House. His other historical plays include work about the creation of the English Bible (Fire on Earth), the astronomers Kepler and Tycho (Reading the Mind of God), a volcanic eruption on Martinique (The Prisoner of St. Pierre), and 19th century Boston publisher Daniel Sharp Ford (None but the Best). His short plays have received more than 1,000 productions from theaters and schools around the world.

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