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Kirkpatrick to speak on "A Light in the Wilderness"

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Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Award-winning Oregon author Jane Kirkpatrick will share the history behind her book, A Light in the Wilderness at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Museum of the Oregon Territory.

Award-winning Oregon author Jane Kirkpatrick will discuss the history behind her latest book, “A Light in the Wilderness,” at the Museum of the Oregon Territory at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 23. The book is inspired by the lives of an interracial couple who immigrated to Oregon in 1844.

“A Light in the Wilderness” explores the court-documented challenges faced by the unconventional family of Letitia Carson, a former slave from Kentucky, and David Carson, her Irish husband. After travelling together from Missouri along the Oregon Trail, the Carsons were successful at building a home and farm south of Corvallis, although race laws of the time affected their ability to both claim and keep the land that they worked so hard to improve.

Kirkpatrick leads readers to consider Letitia Carson’s experience, including the two decades of freedom from servitude she and her children enjoyed in Oregon before the state’s exclusionary laws denied her the rights of white settlers.

The program is free and open to the public. The MOOT is located at 211 Tumwater Drive in Oregon City. Visit clackamashistory.org for more information.

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