Challenging Slavery in the Courtroom: “A Question of Freedom”

Date(s) - May 3, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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William G. Thomas III and A Question of Freedom book cover

In partnership with the Virginia Center for the Book, Maryland Center for the Book at Maryland Humanities presents William G. Thomas III as he shares the intricate and intensely human story of enslaved families of Prince George’s County, Maryland and the hundreds of lawsuits they brought against slavery. His book, A Question of Freedom: The Families Who Challenged Slavery from the Nation’s Founding to the Civil War was recently announced the winner of the 2021 Neiman Foundation/Columbia School of Journalism Mark Lynton Prize in History.

Thomas will discuss the longest and most complex legal challenge to slavery in American history, lawyers who supported the enslaved families, the slaveholders and others who defended slavery, and its present-day legacies, in conversation with Omar Eaton-Martínez, Assistant Division Chief, Historical Resources for Prince George’s County Parks & Recreation.

Buy a copy of A Question of Freedom through our official event bookseller, The UVA Bookstores. 



Presented by the Maryland Center for the Book at Maryland Humanities and Virginia Center for the Book at Virginia Humanities, this event is FREE to attend and open to the public. To attend, please register here or simply make plans to watch on The video recording from this event will also be available to watch after the event concludes, on

Both Centers for the Book are affiliated with the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress. To learn more about their work visit Maryland Center for the Book and Virginia Center for the Book.

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