“Reconstruction Congressman Benjamin Turner of Selma”- TPR’s In Focus – June 29, 2021

Frye Gaillard, co-author of the book, “The Slave Who Went to Congress,” talked with Carolyn Hutcheson, host of In Focus, about the legacy of Reconstruction-era Congressman Benjamin Sterling Turner, who was elected to Congress in 1870, encouraged to run by both blacks and whites in Selma, AL.

Juneteenth, June 19, 1865, ushered in the country’s push for
African American freedom and equality. Twenty years ago, the citizens of Selma together erected a statue of Turner in Old Live Oak Cemetery.

This program is a repeat of an interview originally broadcast in June of 2020.