You're invited to meet local author and former Adams County resident Caroline Rose Miller, as she shares about her experiences researching and writing Grapevine Dispatch: The Voice of Antislavery Messages at a book-signing on Monday, April 9th, at 7:00 pm, at the Seaman Community Building. Copies of Caroline's book will be available for purchase at the reception.
Caroline’s book takes a reader on a localized trip through slavery and the abolitionist movement in and around Bracken County, Kentucky, along the banks of the Ohio River and into Adams and Brown Counties in Ohio. “The ‘grape vine dispatch’ was actually what Conductor John Parker called his operation of moving slaves along to freedom,” Caroline tells us.
The conductors and abolitionists on both sides of the Ohio River - consisting of slaves and free men of color, white and black residents, religious men and other sympathetic citizens - were likely to suffer greatly for aiding these fugitives in their quest for freedom. Caroline, through “grape vine Dispatch”, skillfully relates their stories through interviews, court cases, newspaper accounts and government records, so that these times and people are not forgotten.
Caroline, a 1963 graduate of Seaman High School, currently lives in Augusta, Kentucky and is a retired English teacher. She has written a number of nonfiction historical works, primarily about the Underground Railroad and antislavery movement, as well as works about the military and political movements during those periods of history. Caroline is looking forward to renewing old acquaintances and making new friends as she shares.
Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to meet an author with ties to our local community and to support your local public library! This is event is hosted by the North Adams Friends of the Library.