On Friday, September 28, at noon central time, John Tidwell will speak at the LaFayette Library‘s first Lunch ‘n Learn program of the season. His subject will be The Little-known Story of Native American Slavery.
According to Tidwell, “History enthusiasts are generally surprised to learn that thousands of Native Americans were held in bondage prior to and during the Civil War. In fact, for a couple of years, more Native American slaves were shipped to the West Indies than Africans were imported to America. We will take a close look at this—tribes involved, where they came from, Europeans involved, etc. This is an interesting subject. I have made similar presentations at Auburn and other places that were well received, and pretty much across the board, I always hear ‘I didn’t know that.’ “
Tidwell earned his BS degree at Auburn University and his MS degree at Mississippi State University. He spent 10 years in professional baseball as player and scout for the Dodgers. He is retired both from the City of Savannah, Georgia, where he was Leisure Services Bureau Chief, and from the City of Dallas, Texas, where he was Executive Director of Fair Park, which includes the Cotton Bowl, Texas State Fair, Dallas Science Museum, and other things. Sometime after his second retirement in 1990, he went to work part time for the Chambers County Library as Coordinator of Adult Activities, in which position he served 6 years. Most recently, he says he was very flattered to be asked to assist the baseball coach at Point University.
Tidwell has made presentations on numerous subjects at Auburn University, University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University, University of Georgia, University of Southern Mississippi, Georgia Southern University, Penn State University, and in cities across the country.
The public is invited to participate in a light, free lunch, and attend the program. For lunch reservations, call the library at 334-864-0012.