The Story of Letitia Carson in Oregon

Starts:Tuesday, February 28, 2017  6:00 PMEnds:Tuesday, February 28, 2017  7:30 PM



Newport High School Boone Center

322 NE Eads Street, Newport OR 97365

Event Description:

In recognition of Black History Month and Women’s History Month, Dr. Bob Zybach and Jan Meranda will share the story of 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 book, Freedom’s Light: The Letitia Carson Story Begins.

Bob Zybach is a forest scientist with a Ph.D. in environmental sciences.  He and Janet Meranda, a writer and genealogist from Salem, have collaborated on researching Letitia Carson’s history for nearly thirty years.

This program is co-sponsered by the Newport Public Library Foundation & Central Oregon Coast NOW Foundation.

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