Wicked Flesh: Black Women, Intimacy, and Freedom in the Atlantic World with Jessica Marie Johnson The PresbytereGreater New Orleans New Orleans Event Date: Thursday July 8, 2021 Join us for an evening with Dr. Jessica Marie Johnson as she discusses her recent book Wicked Flesh: Black Women, Privacy and Freedom in the Atlantic World (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020). This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Cabildo as part of the second series of Thursday lectures. It is free and open to the public, but registration is required. The program will take place on Zoom on Thursday July 8, 2021 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. CDT. Please register here: https://forms.gle/SZMQ5rLSzWW2JWKf8 About BookIn Wicked Flesh, Jessica Marie Johnson explores the nature of intimate and complicated kinship ties and how black women have used them to build freedom in the Atlantic world. This freedom pivoted on the conscious choices black women made to retain control over their bodies and themselves, their loved ones and their future, as the intimacy of bondage whetted the appetites of homeowners. of slaves, traders and colonial officials with pervasive fantasies of domination. in every social relationship. Johnson draws on archival documents scattered across three continents, written in multiple languages and largely from the perspective of colonial officials and male slave owners, to recreate the experiences of black women in Senegal and Santo Domingo. French in Spanish Cuba and the marshy outposts of the Gulf Coast. Centering New Orleans as the premier site for investigating black women’s liberty practices, Wicked Flesh argues that African women and women of African descent have endowed free status with meaning through intimate practices and kinship. Their stories describe a practice of freedom that laid the groundwork for 19th-century emancipation struggles and reshaped the New World. About the Author Jessica Marie Johnson is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Johns Hopkins University. She is a historian of Atlantic slavery and the African Atlantic Diaspora, and her work has appeared in the Journal of American History, the William and Mary Quarterly, and Slavery and Abolition, among others. Johnson is co-editor with Lauren Tilton and David Mimno of the series Computational Humanities: Debates in the Digital Humanities. She was guest editor-in-chief of Slavery in the Machine, a special issue of the archipelagic journal (2019) and co-editor with Mark Anthony Neal of Black Code: A Special Issue of the Black Scholar (2017).