In Her Own Words: Mary Merrick Brooks and Strategies of Reform — with Sandra Harbert Petrulionis

Thursday, August 16th • Part of the Concord Museum’s “People of Concord” Summer Series

Sandra Harbert Petrulionis, author of To Set This World Right: The Antislavery Movement in Thoreau’s Concord was excited to talk about the fiery abolitionist Mary Merrick Brooks – and only Mary Merrick Brooks – for an entire evening. Reading from Brooks’ unpublished letters and what others wrote about her brought the founding member of Concord’s Female Antislavery Society to life. Daughter of a slaveholder and wife of a conservative lawyer, Brooks persisted in moving forward her political reform efforts through strategy, flattery, and outright begging, convincing many of Concord’s most visible, even reluctant, citizens to speak out against slavery.