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Join Dekalb County Historian and CEO Michael L. Thurmond for a special presentation, reception and book signing on June 29, 2024 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Savannah.

Thurmond will speak about his latest book, James Oglethorpe: Father of Georgia: A Founder's Journey from Slave Trader to Abolitionist, and will offer attendees a unique opportunity to gain new insights into the moral and philosophical development of Georgia's founder, James Oglethorpe.

In his groundbreaking work, Thurmond draws on more than two decades of careful research and analysis to rewrite the prehistory of abolitionism and open an important new chapter in Georgia's origin story.

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The book explores Oglethorpe's remarkable transformation from slave trader to passionate abolitionist, a path that was significantly influenced by his relationships with two formerly enslaved black men, Ayuba Suleiman Diallo and Olaudah Equiano. These friendships profoundly shaped Oglethorpe's opposition to the transatlantic slave trade, which ultimately led to his abolitionist advocacy.

About the author:
Michael L. Thurmond is a respected historian and CEO of Dekalb County. His extensive research has led to a new understanding of the early anti-slavery movement and the complex history of Georgia's founding.

Discover new perspectives on Georgia founder James Oglethorpe

Historian and CEO of Dekalb County Michael L. Thurmond

Thurmond's expertise and commitment to uncovering historical truths make his lecture a must-attend for anyone interested in Georgia history and the roots of the abolitionist movement.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet Michael Thurmond, listen to his engaging lecture, and receive a signed copy of James Oglethorpe: Father of Georgia – A Founder's Journey from Slave Trader to Abolitionist. This event promises to be an insightful experience for history buffs and anyone passionate about the fight against slavery.
Event details:
Date: Saturday, June 29, 2024
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Hyatt Regency Savannah, River Lounge, 2 W. Bay Street, Savannah, GA 31401

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