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John Brown: The City of Springfield Connection to this Abolitionist and Accomplice
March 25, 2021 @ 10:50 am – 12:05 pm
Panelists: Joseph Carvalho III, Daryll Moss, and William Nash
Springfield College Moderator: Ian Delahanty, Assistant Professor of History
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Carvalho is co-editor of the Springfield Republican newspaper Heritage Book Series. He is retired president and executive director (1994–2010) of the Springfield Museums in Springfield. Carvalho is the author of Black Families in Hampden County, Massachusetts: 1650-1865 (2011), and Struggle for Freedom: The History of African Americans in Western Massachusetts (2013). He served as writer and editor of 22 other titles in the Heritage Book Series of the Republican.
Moss currently serves as the executive director of the Afro Renaissance Arts Society in Springfield, Mass. He is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, and strategic plan of the organization as well as fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. Moss worked as director of Constituent Services for the city of Springfield for 12 years and was involved in a broad range of day-to-operations and activities. Moss acted as liaison to residents, elected officials, local businesses, community groups and organizations, and federal and state agencies.
Nash is professor of American Studies and English and American Literatures at Middlebury College. He is the author of Charles Johnson’s Fiction (2002) and co-author and co-editor of Charles Johnson: The Novelist as Philosopher (2007). The recipient of three grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Nash’s current research focuses on representations of “the Holy Trinity of abolition:” Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, and John Brown.