Honoring The Heroine Of The Lemmon Slave Case: Triumph In New York Courts At The Schomburg In Harlem

April 30, 2024

Step into history at the world premiere of “How Emeline Got Free,” a captivating 30-minute audio drama unveiling the pivotal Lemmon Slave Case.

“… she leads eight enslaved women and children through the 1852 trial.”

Delve into Emeline Thompson’s perspective, as she leads eight enslaved women and children through the 1852 trial.

Following the drama, engage in a talkback with Mustapha Khan, the director, Hon. Albert M. Rosenblatt, acclaimed author of “The Eight: The Lemmon Slave Case and The Fight for Freedom,” and the talented cast.


Presiding over this insightful discussion is Hon. Dianne T. Renwick, presiding justice of the Appellate Division, First Department.

This extraordinary event is proudly presented by the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery at the Schomburg Center, in partnership with the Historical Society of the New York Courts and the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience history come alive.

Join the event on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, 6 – 8 PM, at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, NY 10037, 917.275.6975,


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Photo credit: Inspired by the contemporaneous with the date of the Lemmon Slave Case. Portrait of Seated Young Woman in Plaid Dress with Hands Clasped, c. 1860, New York Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division.


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