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    “The Fire of Freedom” by Actor and Playwright Mike Wiley

    Nov 11, 2018 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
    Pleasants Family Assembly Room, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    200 South Rd
    Chapel Hill, NC 27514
    Liza Terll
    (919) 962-3765

    Join us for a special presentation of “The Fire of Freedom” by actor and playwright Mike Wiley. Wiley’s one-man theatrical adaptation of David Cecelski’s book of the same name tells the story of Abraham Galloway, a young slave rebel and Union spy who became one of the most significant black leaders in the South during and after the Civil War.

    4:30 – 5 p.m. Refreshments
    5 – 6:30 p.m. Program

    For planning purposes, RSVP requested to Liza Terll, Friends of the Library, liza_terll@unc.edu.

    Parking is available in most campus lots on Sundays.


    More about “The Fire of Freedom” and Abraham Galloway:

    Abraham H. Galloway (1837-1870) was a fiery young slave rebel, radical abolitionist, and Union spy who rose out of bondage to become one of the most significant and stirring black leaders in the South during the Civil War. Throughout his brief, mercurial life, Galloway fought against slavery and injustice. He risked his life behind enemy lines, recruited black soldiers for the North, and fought racism in the Union army’s ranks. He also stood at the forefront of an African-American political movement, even leading a historic delegation of black southerners to the White House to meet with President Lincoln and to demand the full rights of citizenship. He later became one of the first black men elected to the North Carolina legislature. Long hidden from history, Galloway’s story reveals a war unfamiliar to most of us. This riveting portrait, based on the book of the same name by David Cecelski and adapted by playwright Howard Craft, illuminates Galloway’s life and deepens our insight into the Civil War and Reconstruction as experienced by African Americans in the South.