Lamar University Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series Presents Jeff Forret Williams' Gang and the Legacies of Slavery March 31 4pm
March 31, Wednesday • 4:00 PM


Jeff Forret is Professor of History and a Distinguished Faculty Research Fellow. His books include Williams’ Gang: A Notorious Slave Trader and His Cargo of Black Convicts (2020), the Frederick Douglass Prize-winning Slave against Slave: Plantation Violence in the Old South (2015), and Race Relations at the Margins: Slaves and Poor Whites in the Antebellum Southern Countryside (2006). His current project, Slave Ships to Freedom, examines British emancipations of enslaved Americans and reparations in the nineteenth-century Atlantic world. Dr. Forret has been at Lamar University since 2005.


jeff-forret.jpgDr. Jeff Forret

"Wrongful convictions, the use of incarceration as a form of racial oppression and protests in the public streets: The story of William H. Williams and his shipment of enslaved prisoners in 1840 has a familiar ring in our own time."

- Dr. Jeff Forret