Escape of John White at Watkins Lake

Join local historian Laurie Perkins on April 11 at 2 PM at the Brooklyn Branch for a presentation on the creation of new exhibit presented by the Michigan History Center.

About the exhibit: This exhibit at Walker Tavern Historic Site will center on pre-Civil War Lenawee County and feature the lives of Native Peoples and African Americans living around the tavern site. Included in the exhibit will be information on the attempted escape of African American John White from slavery. Visitors will learn how local Jackson County resident Royal Watkins and Lenawee County abolitionist Laura Haviland aided in that escape.

Larry Martin Presents “WWII In Their Own Words”

Honor the anniversary of Pearl Harbor with a special presentation as part of Larry Martin’s “WWII In Their Own Words.”

Larry will be showing an interview with Jackson Native Herb Elfring, who was stationed at Pearl Harbor.

This event will take place December 8 at 6 PM at the Carnegie Library. You can also watch this program via Zoom and Facebook Live. To join on Zoom, click here.

Abe Lincoln: New Birth of Freedom

Join us at the Carnegie Library to see Abe Lincoln give his famous “New Birth of Freedom” speech and learn how to antique your own mad libs version. You’ll also learn about Under the Oaks, the site of an anti-slavery convention held in Jackson in 1854.