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The Cook Memorial Library will host an online history presentation, “The Stono Rebellion” on Wednesday, February 15 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. This program, presented by Damian Costello, is made possible through a grant from New Hampshire Humanities. 

The Stono Rebellion has been called the most important slave revolt in North American history. In this lecture, Damian Costello will examine the events and the deep African roots of the 1739 uprising in South Carolina, when recent arrivals from the Kingdom of Kongo drew on drumming traditions, military organization, and Kongolese spirituality to communicate their message of freedom. 

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Damian Costello received his Ph.D. in theological studies from the University of Dayton and specializes in the intersection of Catholic theology, Indigenous spiritual traditions, and colonial history. Costello was born and raised in Vermont and his work is informed by five years of ethnographic work on the Navajo Nation. Costello serves as the Director of Postgraduate Studies at NAIITS: An Indigenous Learning Community, an Indigenous designed and delivered ATS accredited graduate school.

This program is funded by a grant from New Hampshire Humanities, a nonprofit organization that nurtures the joy of learning and inspires community engagement by bringing life-enhancing ideas from the humanities to the people of New Hampshire. Learn more at

Learn about The Stono Rebellion on February 15
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