Gina's Story: The Life of William Grimes as Art and Testimony

Author, speaker, and storyteller Regina E. Mason will present Gina's Story: The Life of William Grimes as Art and Testimony. Mason is the great-great-great granddaughter of William Grimes, the author of the first published U.S. American slave narrative. Grimes was held in bondage in many states, including Georgia.

Mason will discuss her journey as a researcher to recover the story of her ancestor in relation to themes of belonging and citizenship. After an introductory discussion, she will screen her 80-minute documentary, Gina's Journey: The Search for William Grimes (2016), which tells both Grimes' story and the 15-year process she spent to authenticate his extraordinary narrative of flight from bondage to liberty. With the literary critic and expert, Professor William L. Andrews, Mason also co-edited the authoritative 2008 Oxford University Press edition of The Life of William Grimes, the Runaway Slave. She has shared her amazing work with national and international campus and university communities, including Mansfield College of Oxford, England. SUNY-Buffalo, Yale University, and the University of California-Berkeley.

This is the kick-off event for a series of campus-wide programs in February and March inspired by the award-winning book-length lyric poem Citizen by Claudia Rankine.

This event has been generously supported by funds from the Leighton M. Ballew Lecture Series in English and the UGA Willson Center for the Humanities and Arts.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 4:30pm to 7:00pm

Zell B. Miller Learning Center, Room 148
48 Baxter Street, Athens, GA 30602

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