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Historians Sylviane Diouf, Eric Foner to Speak at New York Public Library

Dr. Sylviane Anna Diouf, Curator of Digital Collections at The New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, will deliver "an in-depth look at who the maroons were in the larger context of resistance during American slavery in" based on her book Slavery’s Exiles: The Story of the American Maroons, in the Langston Hughes Auditorium of the Scomburg Center on Thursday, February 13, 2014, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Schomburg Center. New York University Press published this book, as it did her award-winning history book Servants of Allah: African Muslims Enslaved in the Americas.

According to the NYPL, Slavery's Exiles is "the first book on the American maroons' experience." Dr. Diouf will be in conversation with the prominent historian Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University. A book signing of Slavery's Exiles will follow the event.

Registration is free. One can register online. The Schomburg Center is located at 515 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, NY 10037. A similar program will take place at noon on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at the William G. McGowan Theater, National Archives 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20408.

Eric Foner is one of only two historians to have served as president of all three professional associations for American academic historians: the Organization of American Historians, the American Historical Association, and the Society of American Historians. He is also one of the few people to have won both the Pulitzer Prize for History and the Bancroft Prize in the same year, for The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery.

Professor Foner has written of Slavery's Exiles, "With impressive research and vivid prose, Diouf directs our attention to maroons within the United States. From the Great Dismal Swamp of Virginia to the frontier regions of Louisiana, she shows, fugitive slaves managed to survive without fleeing to the North. An important addition to our understanding of slave society and black resistance."

Last year, The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations published the twenty-four-page-long booklet Africans in India: From Slaves to Generals and Rulers, based on an exhibit of the same name Dr. Diouf developed with Dr. Kenneth X. Robbins. Dreams of Africa in Alabama: The Slave Ship Clotilda and the Story of the Last Africans Brought to America garnered her the 2007 Wesley-Logan Prize of the American Historical Association and the 2009 James F. Sulzby Award of the Alabama Historical Association.

Dr. Sylviane A. Diouf has written six books for children on African history and American slavery. Kings and Queens of West Africa, part of the four-book series Kings and Queens of Africa, won the African Studies Association 2001 Africana Book Award for Older Readers. The other three books in this series were Kings and Queens of Southern Africa, Kings and Queens of Central Africa, and Kings and Queens of East Africa.

Her illustrated book Bintou's Braids, published by Chronicle Books in 2001, has been translated into French and Portuguese. She also wrote Growing Up in Slavery. In addition, she was editor of Fighting the Slave Trade: West African Strategies (Ohio University Press) and the co-editor of In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience (National Geographic).

The daughter of a Senegalese father and a French mother, Sylviane Anna Diouf was born and raised in France and has also lived in Gabon, Italy, and Senegal. She has dwelt in New York City for over twenty years.

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