Author Talk & Book Signing


WAKE: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts

June 2, 2021


The Amistad Center for Art & Culture, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center and The Mark Twain House & Museum present:


WAKE: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts


Author Dr. Rebecca Hall and Illustrator Hugo Martinez in conversation with Kimberly Kersey.


Part graphic novel, part memoir, Wake is an imaginative tour-de-force that tells the story of women-led slave revolts and chronicles scholar Rebecca Hall’s efforts to uncover the truth about these women warriors who, until now, have been left out of the historical record.


Women warriors planned and led slave revolts on slave ships during the Middle Passage. They fought their enslavers throughout the Americas. And then they were erased from history. Wake tells the story of Dr. Rebecca Hall, a historian, granddaughter of slaves, and a woman haunted by the legacy of slavery. The accepted history of slave revolts has always told her that enslaved women took a back seat. But Rebecca decides to look deeper, and her journey takes her through old court records, slave ship captain’s logs, crumbling correspondence, and even the forensic evidence from the bones of enslaved women from the “negro burying ground” uncovered in Manhattan. She finds women warriors everywhere.


Illustrated beautifully in black and white by Hugo Martinez, Wake will take its place alongside classics of the graphic novel genre, like Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis and Art Spiegelman’s Maus. The story of both a personal and national legacy, it is a powerful reminder that while the past is gone, we still live in its wake. Register Here.



Signed copies of Wake are available for purchase through the Mark Twain Store. Proceeds benefit The Mark Twain House & Museum. Books will ship after the event. We regret that we cannot ship outside of the U.S. at this time.



Donations are gratefully accepted, with all gifts received shared equally between The Amistad Center for Art & Culture and the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center.


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