University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations
October 7, 2008
Contact: Joy Crawford-Washington, USA Public Relations, (251) 460-6211

Prominent Historian from Yale University to
Speak at the USA N. Jack Stallworth Lecture Event

  Dr. David. W. Blight
Dr. David. W. Blight
The University of South Alabama department of history presents the second annual N. Jack Stallworth Lecture featuring Professor of History at Yale University Dr. David. W. Blight, director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition at Yale.

The lecture, “A Slave No More: Wallace Turnage’s Escape from Slavery in Mobile Bay and the Memory of Emancipation in America,” begins at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 14 in the John W. Laidlaw Performing Arts Center Recital Hall at USA. Admission is free, and the event is open to the public.

Blight is an author of numerous publications such as “A Slave No More: Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom, Including Their Narratives of Emancipation,” which includes material on an ex-slave who escaped to Union lines via Mobile Bay.

He is also the author of “Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory,” which received eight book awards, including the Bancroft Prize, the Abraham Lincoln Prize, and the Frederick Douglass Prize, as well as, four awards from the Organization of American Historians, including the Merel Curti Award for both intellectual and social history.

N. Jack Stallworth, was a well-known Mobile businessman who owned several business ventures and restaurants. He was a leader of the Mobile Carnival Association and was best known as “Mr. Mardi Gras.”

His love for Mobile, Southern life and history led him to establish and support the N. Jack Stallworth Lecture in Southern History through the USA Foundation. He also funded two scholarships in memory of his parents, Montgomery Carlton Stallworth and Minnie Lee Wilkins Stallworth. In addition, the Stallworth family home and contents were left to the USA Foundation to be used to enhance the teaching of Southern history and to support programs at USA.

For more information contact Dr. Clarence L. Mohr at (251) 460-6210.
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