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First Friday Speaker Series – A Shot in the Moonlight: How a Freed Slave and a Confederate Soldier Fought for Justice in the Jim Crow South

Virtual First Friday – A Shot in the Moonlight: How a Freed Slave and a Confederate Soldier Fought for Justice in the Jim Crow South, with Ben Montgomery

Friday, July 2, 2021; Noon – 1 pm

Cost: KHS Members – FREE; Non-members – $5

On the night of January 21, 1897, a white mob attacked the home of George Dinning, a formerly enslaved farmer in Simpson County, Kentucky.  As the crowd fired their guns into his house, Dinning shot back in self-defense, killing a young man.  “So began one of the strangest legal episodes in American history – one that ended with Dinning becoming the first Black man in America to win damages after a wrongful murder conviction.”  Join us via Zoom* as journalist Ben Montgomery shares this dramatic and unlikely story of justice, “in a time and place where justice was all too rare.”  Come and join the conversation!

An award-winning journalist, Ben Montgomery spent the majority of his newspaper career as an enterprise reporter for the Tampa Bay Times. He is the founder of the narrative journalism website Gangrey.com and helped launch the Auburn Chautauqua, a Southern writers collective.  Learn more about his work at www.benmontgomerywrites.com.

Please register here, and you will receive information on how to connect. The registration deadline is 10 am on the day of the event. Questions? Contact us at KHSeducation@ky.gov or call 502-782-8070.

*TECHNOLOGY: This virtual event will take place via Zoom, an online meeting platform. For optimal experience, guests should connect using a device with a screen, a speaker, and a keyboard. (A web-enabled camera is also nice, but not necessary.)  To accommodate guests who may not have access to this technology, a phone number will be provided at registration, so they may dial into the event, and listen to the presentation from any landline or mobile phone. Need help using Zoom? Check out this short video. You can also contact us at KHSeducation@ky.gov or call 502-782-8070 with any questions.


July 2
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free – $5
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