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Lecture: Who Was Mary Webb?

  • 3/3/2014 | 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Location: Massachusetts Hall, Faculty Room
  • Event Type: Lecture

Lecture: Who Was Mary Webb?Mary Webb was a black female elocutionist who toured Britain in 1856 as Harriet Beecher Stowe's public reader. Not enough is known about Mrs. Webb, the daughter of a fugitive slave who was one of the earliest professional African American performers. 


Laura Korobkin is Associate Professor of English at Boston University, and author of Criminal Conversations: Stories of Adultery and the Law in Late 19th Century America.