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Book Talk: Happy Dreams of Liberty with R. Isabela Morales

July 13 • 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

$5 – $20

As Morven works to uncover stories of enslaved and free Black families connected to the site, we invite you for a detailed look into the life of another family deeply impacted by slavery, the Civil War, and the rise of Jim Crow. Author R. Isabela Morales will share the poignant, multi-generational saga of the Townsend family as explored in her new book, Happy Dreams of Liberty: An American Family in Slavery and Freedom (winner of the 2023 Shapiro Book Prize).

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing with Isabela at the program. You can also purchase a copy in advance via Morven’s online shop.

This event is hybrid – held both live and online. Doors open for the in-person event at 6:00 p.m. in the Stockton Education Center at Morven. The virtual waiting room opens on Zoom at 6:00 p.m. Q&A for both live and virtual attendees will follow the talk. A Zoom webinar link will be shared with virtual ticket holders upon registration. A recording of the event will be provided following the program.


Morven Museum & Garden
609.924.8144, x113
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Morven Museum & Garden
55 Stockton Street
Princeton, NJ 08540 United States
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609 924 8144
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