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Third Thursday Talk: “African American Presence in the Ohio River Valley – Stories of the Past”


April 20, 2023    
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


The Castle
418 Fourth Street, Marietta, Ohio

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Thursday, April 20th, 2023 7pm – 8pm

Join Tony Mayle as he discusses the history of the region, related to the abolitionist movement and the involvement that Washington County and Marietta College residents had on the movements for freedom in the 1800s. He will provide insight into some of the early African American people and communities in the region including local family histories, such as the Mayle, Norris, and Tabler families. Tony will also discuss the terminology used to describe mixed-race people in Appalachia and how racial identity models relate to local identities with People of Color.

Reservations Required. Space is Limited.


About the speaker: Tony was born and raised in SE Ohio. He has been involved in local and regional diversity efforts in the past and present and presented at conferences throughout the country on the topic of diversity and inclusion of all populations. Tony has also been interviewed for the Southeast Ohio magazine on the topic of the Southeast Ohio Underground Railroad connection to the local families and served as a panel member with the International Storytelling Center/Freedom Stories Project discussing the topic of Melungeons and the criminalization of Race.

This program is donation based and is being offered as both a virtual and in-person option. Reservations are required for both options.