Professor Elizabeth Leonard, Emerita from Colby College, will hold a lecture at Davidson College under the sponsorship of the Departments of  Economics, African Studies, and History, for a major presentation on General Benjamin Butler, with particular emphasis on his concern for the economic, political, and social situations of first, African American slaves and then freed slaves. Aspects of Butler’s aspirations and responses from White Southerners, African Americans, and Northern Whites will be woven into her talk. General and then Governor Butler (of Massachusetts) owned property that his descendants still occupy on a 55 acre, waterfront estate in Gloucester, Massachusetts. It has been called the Ames estate, named after Butler’s daughter’s married name. She (Blanche Butler) married General Adelbert Ames in 1870.  

Free and open to the public.