“Ties that Bound: Founding First Ladies and Slaves”
“Behind every great man stands a great woman. And behind that great woman stands a slave.” As the Sully Fall Lecture Series continues, Maria Schwartz will discuss her most recent book, Ties that Bound, an exploration of the relationships between the first ladies and the enslaved people who served them. Schwartz is the Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Rhode Island and the author of multiple books on the history of enslaved individuals in America. Her most recent book delves beyond the image of the first ladies as glamorous hostesses to shed light on the often-overlooked relationship they had with slaveholding culture in early America.
Each program in Sully’s Fall Lecture series consists of a presentation by a distinguished guest speaker followed by a Q&A and a white wine reception. Attendees must be over 21 to consume alcohol; non-alcoholic drinks will be available. Visitors are asked to please respect our two-glass limit on wine. Limited seating is available and advance registration is required to reserve your seat for these programs. Enrollment for each program is $35.00. Please contact us at 703-437-1794 to make your reservation. Guest speakers are sponsored by the Sully Foundation Ltd., and receptions are presented by the Fairfax County Park Authority.