Award-winning historian and author to speak Friday

THOMASVILLE -- Historian Erskine Clarke will give a lecture at Thomas County Public Library Friday.

The free event begins at 7 p.m. in the library's Henry O. Flipper room.

Winner of the Bancroft prize and Georgia Historical Society's Bell prize for authoring the book, "Dwelling Place: A Plantations Epic," Clarke is a South Carolina native and professor emeritus of American religion at the Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur.

His additional books about slavery and religion in the South include "Our Southern Zion: Calvinism in the South Carolina Low Country" and "Wrestlin' Jacob: A Portrait of Religion in the Old South."

Clarke is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and holds a master's of divinity degree from Columbia Theological Seminary, as well as a Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary.

In addition to teaching, the author has consulted at Yale University, the University of Virginia and Nanjiig Theological Seminary in China.

For more information, call (229) 225-5252.