In honor of Black History Month, University City Public Library will host master storyteller Dr. Gladys Caines-Coggswell on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m.
At the event, Dr. Caines-Coggswell will present “Adeline,” an historic portrayal of a Missouri slave who was present at President Lincoln’s debate against Stephen Douglas. After the Emancipation Proclamation, Adeline and her family chose to continue working for and living with the family that once owned them.
Dr. Caines-Coggswell is a master storyteller with the Missouri Traditional Artist Apprenticeship Program. She has also performed at the National Storytelling Festival and at the International House of Storytelling. Her historic portrayals focus on recreating the stories of real-life slaves, and many of her other story programs center on growth, self-acceptance, and overcoming hurdles.
The event is free and open to all. For more information call 314-727-3150.