Workshop & Book Signing Announced for THE TREE

Workshop & Book Signing Announced for THE TREEAuthor / historian / researcher Minnette Coleman leads a workshop designed to help attendees explore their connections to historical figures, family heritage, places in US or globally, religious organizations, and more at Sister's Uptown Bookstore and Cultural Center (1942 Amsterdam Avenue) on Saturday, April 28th in Manhattan. The author of three historical novels including the 2017-release "THE TREE: A Journey to Freedom" - which tells the story of Epsie, a runaway slave, whose dangerous journey to freedom shows us the inspiration of the Underground Railroad Tree as well as Black-Quaker relations - will discuss how her research helped her look for and find her own "connections." The free event, which begins at 5:00pm will include a book signing where purchasers will receive a copy of Coleman's recent scholarly article "Connections - on Sharing Black and Quaker History," published in Quaker Higher Education (April 2018). Limited seating, RSVP via Eventbrite requested

A member of the Harlem Writers Guild, Minnette Coleman's latest novel "THE TREE: A Journey to Freedom" is drawn from the real 300-year-old tulip poplar tree that continues to stand today in Greensboro, NC. It is called The Underground Railroad Tree, because of its connection to the freedom network for slaves with the aid of Quaker abolitionists and today is a National Park Service historic site. Although Coleman attended Guilford College, a Quaker school, until her research for her book she was unaware of her connection to The Tree. In addition to her three novels, Coleman is also the author of "Hand-Me-Downs," a one-woman show that toured across the South.

Sister's Uptown Bookstore and Cultural Center, Inc is located at Amsterdam Avenue and 156th Street. Take the "A" or "C" subway to 155th Street in Manhattan. Call (212) 862-3680 or go to:

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