Historian and Dekalb County CEO Michael L. Thurmond
Historian and Dekalb County CEO Michael L. Thurmond

Discover Fresh Perspectives on Georgia's Founder, James Oglethorpe

Join Historian and Dekalb County CEO Michael L. Thurmond for an Insightful Presentation and Book Signing Event

On June 29, 2024, from 5 to 8 p.m., join historian and Dekalb County CEO Michael L. Thurmond for a special event featuring a presentation, reception, and book signing at the Hyatt Regency Savannah.

Thurmond will discuss his latest book, "James Oglethorpe: Father of Georgia - A Founder’s Journey from Slave Trader to Abolitionist," providing attendees with a unique opportunity to gain fresh insights into the moral and philosophical evolution of Georgia’s founder, James Oglethorpe.

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

The book delves into Oglethorpe’s remarkable transformation from a slave trader to a fervent abolitionist, a journey significantly influenced by his relationships with two formerly enslaved Black men, Ayuba Suleiman Diallo and Olaudah Equiano. Through these friendships, Oglethorpe’s opposition to the Transatlantic slave trade was profoundly shaped, leading to his eventual advocacy for abolitionism.

About the Author:
Michael L. Thurmond is a respected historian and the CEO of Dekalb County. His extensive research has provided a new understanding of the early anti-slavery movement and the complex history of Georgia's founding.
Discover Fresh Perspectives on Georgia's Founder, James Oglethorpe
Historian and Dekalb County CEO Michael L. Thurmond

Thurmond's expertise and dedication to uncovering historical truths make his presentation a must-attend event for anyone interested in the history of Georgia and the roots of abolitionism.

Attendees will have the chance to meet Michael Thurmond, listen to his engaging presentation, and get their copies of "James Oglethorpe: Father of Georgia - A Founder’s Journey from Slave Trader to Abolitionist" signed by the author. This event promises to be an enlightening experience for history enthusiasts and those passionate about the fight against slavery.

Event Details
Date: Saturday, June 29, 2024
Time: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Location: Hyatt Regency Savannah, River Lounge, 2 W. Bay Street, Savannah, GA 31401

     
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