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Leonard Grimes is best known as the pastor of Boston’s “Fugitive Slaves’ Church,” but his antislavery work began decades earlier on the corner of H and 22nd Streets NW in Washington. Join the University Writing Program and The Textile Museum for a virtual event with GW graduate Eileen Cunha, who will share Grimes’ story, from D.C. cab driver to Underground Railroad conductor. Stephen Wyman (Elliott School, '85) will also provide an update on recent efforts to recognize Grimes locally and nationally.

About Eileen Cunha

Eileen Cunha, received a B.A. from the George Washington University in 2023, where she studied early American and 19th-century U.S. history with a focus on slavery and abolition. Cunha’s passion lies in storytelling. When she's not studying history, she works in strategic communications and public affairs at a D.C.-based consulting firm.

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This program will take place on Zoom. To participate, please register online, and we will email you a link and instructions for joining. Simply follow that link at the time the program starts (12 p.m. EDT / 9 a.m. PDT). When you register, you can also request to receive a reminder email one day before the program with the link included.

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