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The J.L. Turner Legal Association and the DBA Legal History Discussion Group will present: “Lawyers and Slaves on Galveston Island”

October 31, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


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“Lawyers and Slaves on Galveston Island”

by Prof. Jason Gillmer  (Gonzaga Law School)

at the Belo Mansion,

Noon-1:00pm, Oct. 31

Based upon his recent book, Slavery and Freedom in Texas: Perspectives from the Courtroom, 1821-1871 (Univ. Ga. Press, 2017), Professor Gillmer will discuss stories about real people using their own words and expressions, salvaged from Texas trial court records and documents, memoirs, census records, tax returns, deeds, cattle brands, and the pages of newspapers. Gillmer will use the study of these litigations to provide greater understanding of race and slavery in Texas as it transitioned from a borderland society to a republic to a state.  Gillmer will particularly focus on the life of a resourceful woman of color, freed by her owner in his will, in comparatively urban Galveston, and explore the relationship she fostered with her attorneys in an effort to secure her rights through Texas court litigation and trials.


This presentation is MCLE-accredited (for 1 hr.) and free of charge. For questions or more information, contact Tramaine Tinner (tramaine_s_2000@yahoo.com) or Josiah Daniel (jdaniel@velaw.com)


October 31, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Belo Mansion
2101 Ross Avenue
Dallas, United States
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