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Tasting Freedom: Octavius Catto and the Battle for Equality in Civil War America

Authors Daniel R. Biddle and Murray Dubin

Thursday February 1stat 2:00PPM

Once again Penn’s Village happily teams up with Temple University Press to introduce Philadelphia authors who bring unique insight into our history and culture.

Octavius Valentine Catto was an orator who shared stages with Frederick Douglass, a second baseman on Philadelphia’s best black baseball team, a teacherat the city’s finest black school and an activist who fought in the state capital and on the streets for equal rights.With his racially-charged murder, the nation lost a civil rights pioneer.

In Tasting Freedom, Pulitzer Prize winner Dan Biddle, and co-author Murray Dubin, (both wrote forThe Inquirer) chronicle the life of this charismatic black leader—a “free” black man whose freedom was in name only.  Born in the American south, where slavery permeated everyday life, he moved north where he joined the fight to be truly free to vote, go to school, ride on streetcars, play baseball and even participate in July 4th celebrations.

Tasting Freedom presents the little-known stories of Catto and the men and women who struggled to change America.

We will meet at the Atheneum, 219 South Sixth Street. This program is free for Penn’s Village members and volunteers. Other guests are welcome to attend three programs before joining and/or volunteering. A $5 donation to Penn’s Village from guests will be most appreciated. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.

Please email or call 215 925 7333 to register. Handicapped visitors can enter the Athenaeum by means of a ramp in the garden at the rear of the building.