Gwen Patton to be Thursday’s speaker at Alabama archives in Montgomery

“Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts of Women in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee” will be the topic at Thursday’s ArchiTreats Food for Thought program at the Alabama Department of Archives and History.

 Montgomery historian and archivist Gwen Patton will share her experiences with excerpts from her essay in “Hands on the Freedom Plow,” an anthology of essays by 52 women sharing their experiences during the 1960s-1970s civil rights movement.

This commemorative event is one in a series of programs affiliated with Becoming Alabama, a statewide partnership of state agencies, historical groups, and cultural organizations to commemorate the coinciding anniversaries of the Creek War and War of 1812, the Civil War, and major events in the civil rights movement.

ArchiTreats is made possible by the Friends of the Alabama Archives and a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The presentation will begin at noon at the state archives, 624 Washington Ave. in Montgomery. Participants can bring a sack lunch.

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