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‘Happy Hour’ to examine abolitionist press


The Heritage Alliance will kick off its 2021 schedule for History Happy Hour with guest speaker Dr. Ashley Rattner and her presentation, “Benjamin Lundy, East Tennessee, and the Early Abolitionist Press.” The event is scheduled for Thursday, March 18, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Lundy was an abolitionist and an editor who spent his early career in Ohio and Missouri. He founded the abolitionist publication, The Genius of Universal Emancipation, and relocated to East Tennessee in the 1820s before moving on to Maryland. 

He continued his publication and influenced other abolitionist publishers including William Lloyd Garrison, a prominent American abolitionist, journalist, suffragist, and social reformer who is best known for his widely read anti-slavery newspaper The Liberator.

This first presentation of History Happy Hour will be online-only, and will be available via Zoom and Facebook live. 

The Zoom login information is available on Facebook and the Heritage Alliance website. You can connect directly with the program via Zoom or watch the live stream on the Chester Inn’s Facebook page. The program is free and open to the public!

This project is funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, and the Tennessee Historical Commission. For more information on the Chester Inn Museum, History Happy Hour, or the Heritage Alliance please call our office at (423) 753-9580 or the Chester Inn Museum at (423) 753-4580.  

You can also contact the organization via email at [email protected] Additional information about the Heritage Alliance and its mission can be found online at Be sure to follow the Chester Inn and Heritage Alliance Facebook pages for updates about events.