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Deena Uzzell will share parts 2 and 3 of her Black Whalemen/Abolition discussion series, which tells the stories of men who established early communities of color and were part of the underground  railroad. Ms. Uzzell’s  presenation will begin at 11:30 a.m. on April 23 at Friends Meeting House, 1010 Greenleaf St.

Ms. Uzzell has spent five years researching the lives and work of America’s black whalemen during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

This part of the three-part discussion series focuses on black whalemen who used their income to build early communities of color. Part 3 recalls the role that these men played in assisting people fleeing bondage and their role in abolition activities. Ms. Uzzell offers the discussion series to cultural and community organizations around New England and elsewhere.

A professional artist since 2002, creating works in collage and watercolor, Ms. Uzzell has taught art to students ages 3 to 17 in Chicago and its suburbs.

Ms. Uzzell has co-curated art shows for the Oakland Museum of Contemporary Art, Kenwood Community Exhibit and Meineke & Friends. She is a Chicago native and has a degree from Dominican University.