The Hillsborough Literary Association will hold its February meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. at the Burwell School Historic Site, 319 N. Churton St.
Sally Greene, J.D., Ph.D., associate director of the UNC Center for the Study of the American South, will give a lecture titled, “Judge Thomas Ruffin and the Shadows of Southern History.”
Hillsborough's own Thomas Ruffin—who served as Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court from 1833 to 1852—is considered by many to have been the most brilliant, most distinguished jurist in the state's history. Among legal historians, Ruffin is much less kindly regarded for having written the coldest and starkest defense of the brutality of slavery ever to appear in an American judicial opinion: State v. Mann (1829).
In tracing the ways in which these two conflicting depictions of the man have come down to us, Sally Greene will explore contemporary questions of the nature and uses of historical memory.
Admission is free, and light refreshments will be served. Reservations are not required, but seating is limited. For more information, contact the Burwell School Historic Site at (919) 732.7451 or firstname.lastname@example.org.