Dr. Nikki Taylor on “Driven to Madness”

Author Talk and Express Yourself Saturday Arts Workshop
at National Afro–American Museum and Cultural Center
in Wilberforce on April 8


Visit the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center (NAAMCC) in Wilberforce on Saturday, April 8 at 11:00 a.m. to hear author and Howard University African American history professor Nikki M. Taylor discuss her new book Driven toward Madness: The Fugitive Slave Margaret Garner and Tragedy on the Ohio.


Dr. Taylor’s book recounts the story of Margaret Garner, a runaway slave who, when confronted with capture, slit the throat of her toddler daughter rather than have her face a life in slavery. Her story inspired Toni Morrison’s novel Beloved. Taylor is a professor of African American history at Howard University. Her other books include: Frontiers of Freedom: Cincinnati’s Black Community, 1802–1868 and America’s First Black Socialist: The Radical Life of Peter H. Clark.


You can also join us for our Express Yourself Saturday art class at 10:30 a.m. This is four-hour workshop will be presented by Columbus artist Pepper. Learn how to create prayer shawls that are worn by Ghanaian women to honor the memory of deceased relatives. You will create polymer beads for your Ghanaian prayer shawl using jewelry or other memorabilia from a family member or friend you want to honor. Please bring the jewelry or other pieces you want to use to the workshop


View our current exhibits: Kojo: Eyewitness to History; The Voices of the Revolution; and Celebrating Our Past and Embracing Our Future: The History of Wilberforce University.


All events are free with paid museum admission. Admission is $6, $5/senior, $3/ages 6–17, and free/Ohio History Connection NAAMCC members. For more information call 800-752-2603 ext. 2113 or visit www.ohiohistory.org/naamcc. The National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center is located at 1350 Brush Row Rd. in Wilberforce, 45384. Museum hours are 9 a.m.–4 p.m.


National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center



Established in 1988 in Wilberforce, Ohio, the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center (NAAMCC) shares the history, art and culture of the African American experience and serves as a gathering place for the community. For more information about programs and events, call 937.376.4944 or visit www.ohiohistory.org/naamcc.


Ohio History Connection

The Ohio History Connection, formerly the Ohio Historical Society, is a statewide history organization with the mission to spark discovery of Ohio’s stories. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization chartered in 1885, the Ohio History Connection carries out history services for Ohio and its citizens focused on preserving and sharing the state’s history. This includes housing the state historic preservation office, the official state archives, local history office and managing more than 50 historic sites and museums across Ohio.


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