February 28 Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting
Bob Zybach & Janet Meranda present The Story of Letitia Carson in Oregon, 1845-1888 Tuesday, February 28 6:00 p.m. Newport High School Boone Center (Newport High library)-sponsored by the Newport Public Library Foundation and Central Oregon Coast NOW Foundation.
In recognition of Black History Month and Women’s History Month, Dr. Bob Zybach and Jan Meranda will share their research about Letitia Carson.
Letitia was a former slave who moved to Oregon with her white husband, Dave in 1845. After Dave died in 1852, their land was taken from her by Greenberry Smith, a wealthy white landowner. Letitia’s story is significant because she fought for years to regain her property, and eventually won, becoming the first black woman to make a successful homestead claim in the Pacific Northwest. Her story was the inspiration for Jane Kirkpatrick’s novel A Light in the Wilderness, and Jan Meranda’s recent biography, Freedom’s Light: The Letitia Carson Story Begins.