CANCELLED: Invisible People of Color: Whaling Captains & Crew on All Sides of the Long Island Sound

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

6:00 PM-7:30 PM

Cost: FREE

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Meeting Room (3rd Floor)

Wed, 2017-11-15 18:00 - 19:30

Due to illness this event has been cancelled. Follow PPL on social media for updates on a rescheduled date.

Image from the logbook of the Eunice H. Adams, kept by an African-American captain named William A. Martin

Sandi Brewster-Walker, chair & executive director (acting) of the Long Island Indigenous People Museum and Research Institute, will give a talk about the people of color whaling captains, and crew on all sides of the Long Island Sound. She will highlight the genealogies and experiences of the local men of color, who hunted the whale during the peak years (1840-1860) of the industry. The type of whaling vessels, journey, destinations, ship wrecks, and desertions will be discussed.

Sandi will talk about her experience researching ship records, logbooks, crew list, seaport custom house records, US Federal Census, newspaper archives, Seaman Protection Certificates, family papers, and more. Brewster-walker is an independent historian, genealogist, freelance writer and business owner. She has served in the President William Jefferson Clinton Administration as deputy director of the Office of Communications, United States Department of Agriculture.

As a columnist, her writings are found in the Amityville Record, Babylon Beacon, and Massapequa Post weekly newspapers, as well as articles in LI Boating World, Sound Boating World, and Hudson Boating World monthly newspapers. Recently, she became a winner of the Press Club of Long Island’s 2017 Media Award – 3rd Place for Narrative: Column

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