[Lincoln University Broadside and Newspaper for a Lecture by David Bradley, author of the Black-Themed, PEN/Faulkner Award-winning Novel, “The Chaneysville Incident.” Both Signed by Bradley].
Lincoln University printed matter—a small broadside and a student newspaper—promoting a campus visit, book signing, and lecture by Black novelist and university instructor, David Bradley (b.1950). Both items signed by the author. Lincoln University in Pennsylvania was the first degree-granting Black college (HBCU) in the United States.
Bradley wrote the historical novel, The Chaneysville Incident, based on a real-life mass murder of slaves escaping on the Underground Railroad. The novel received the 1982 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction. The student newspaper explains how the book came into being:
The Chaneysville Incident is based on an event brought to light by Bradley’s mother, Harriette. Mrs. Bradley, a local historian in Bedford, Pennsylvania, did research on local blacks for the area’s 1970 bicentennial. She learned of thirteen runaway slaves who had been intercepted near Chaneysville, Pennsylvania, on their flight for freedom along the Underground Railroad in the mid-1800s. The slaves, who had told their captors that they would rather die than be sent back into slavery, were taken at their word and murdered. After Mrs. Bradley informed her son that she had discovered the slaves’ burial site, he decided to write their story.
Accompanying the newspaper is a Lincoln University campus broadside promoting a lecture on campus by Bradley preceded by a book signing, where the newspaper and broadside were identically signed and datelined by the author: “David Bradley, Jr., March 29, 1983, Lincoln University.”
Description: [Lincoln University Broadside and Newspaper for a Lecture by David Bradley, author of the Black-Themed, PEN/Faulkner Award-winning Novel, “The Chaneysville Incident.” Both Signed by Bradley].
[Lincoln University, Pennsylvania: Lincoln University, 1983]. Illustrated Broadside. 11 x 8½ inches. Lectures and Recitals presents David Bradley Author of the Chaneysville Incident (opening lines). Margins toned; Very Good. [sold with:] Lincoln University, Pennsylvania: Lincoln University, March 25, 1983. 8pp. Newspaper. 14 x 11 inches. The Lincolnian (Vol. 53, No. 6). At page 1 article, “Author David Bradley Invited To Discuss Latest Book.” Folds; toned; Very Good.