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The Life and Legacy of Ned Cobb
November 5, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Ned Cobb, born in Tallapoosa County in 1885, was an African-American tenant farmer and member of the Alabama Sharecroppers’ Union. From the 1930s on, he fought for the rights of poor farmers in the South. In 1969, Theodore Rosengarten came to Alabama to search for and interview surviving members of the Sharecroppers Union. Rosengarten’s interviews with Cobb resulted in the book All God’s Dangers: The Life of Nate Shaw, which won a National Book Award in 1974.This symposium on his life and legacy will feature a panel discussion with historians Theodore and Dale Rosengarten and members of the Cobb family. William Ferris, folklorist and former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, will moderate. A reception will follow.
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Sponsored by the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities, OLLI at Auburn, and the Department of History at Auburn University.